16th music fest to feature cabaret, chamber, folk

Called "Long Live Life," the title is taken from a cabaret show performed at Terezin.

"Music did not prevent the victims from dying," Braitman said. "But while they played, they transcended the degradation of the concentration camp to become their most essential selves: musicians."

"Long Live Life" is sponsored by Moses and Susan Libitzky in association with A Traveling Jewish Theatre.

The following is the schedule for the 16th annual festival, presented by the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center at various locations. Ticket prices are listed with general admission first, then rates for students, seniors and BRJCC members For tickets and information, call (925) 866-9559 or visit the Web site at www.brjcc.org, unless otherwise noted.

Pharaoh's Daughter will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at the BRJCC, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. $20, $18. Pharaoh's Daughter will also perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at the Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. (415) 479-2000.

"Brundibar" children's opera will be performed at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Avenue, Berkeley. $24, $22, $12 children 9 to 18.

Jay Sand will lecture on the Jews of Africa at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 at the BRJCC. $10, $8. Sand will also lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at the Marin JCC.

Cantor Ramon Tasat will perform music of Italian, Turkish and Spanish Jews at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 at the BRJCC. Matinee: $12, $10. Evening: $20, $18.

Tasat will also perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 11 at Mosaic Law Congregation, Sacramento. (916) 488-1122. Also at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. (415) 751-2541.

"Long Live Life," music from the Terezin concentration camp, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley. $20, $18.

Za'atar performance and community jam will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at the BRJCC. $16, $14.

Yair Dalal & Hamza El Din will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17, Wheeler Auditorium, U.C. Berkeley, $25, $23.

A number of other events will also take place:

From March 1 to 29, an exhibit of works from Terezin will be on display at the Judah L. Magnes Museum, 2911 Russell St., Berkeley. (510) 549-6950.

Terezin survivor Ela Stein Weissberger and Braitman, artistic director of "Long Live Life," will lecture on the music of Terezin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at the San Francisco New Main Library, Larkin and Grove streets. Free. (415) 557-4400.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, a Shir HaShirim Kabbalat service will take place at the BRJCC. (510) 848-0237.

Benjamin Simon, musical director of the Crowden School, and Braitman will lecture about the music of Terezin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at Stanford University. Gideon Klein's String Trio will also perform. Free, but limited seating. Reservations: (650) 725-2650.

Yair Dalal, Israeli oud player, will give a lecture and demonstration at 3 p.m. Friday, March 16 at 125 Morrison Hall, U.C. Berkeley. Free. (510) 642-2678.