My Favorite Summer Event

My friends tease me that I program events just so that I can have the pleasure of attending them. I have never denied the self-serving nature of my job as a cultural arts program director. The first question I ask myself when contemplating whether to produce a program is if it is something I would happily go to.

One of my favorite events is Menorah’s annual collaboration with the Colorado Music Festival, an outing to a concert followed by a private reception at a home adjacent to Chautauqua Park. It’s always so lovely to sit in Chautauqua Auditorium under the spell of Michael Christie’s baton, listening to a classical work performed with feeling, then to stroll down the hill and enter the garden, glistening with candlelight, and mingle with friends as we enjoy a glass of wine and some decadent morsels.

This year our annual tradition has an added attraction. The work being performed is “Brundibar,” the children’s opera composed by Hans Krasa that was performed in Theriesenstadt Concentration Camp. Ela Weisberger, one of the few children who performed in Brundibar who survived, will be in attendance. The concert is part of the CMF’s Rediscovered Masters series highlighting work by composers who, like Krasa, perished in the Holocaust or who otherwise suffered because of Hitler’s persecution of Jews.

Menorah offers discounted group tickets in Section A for the June 28 performance, followed by the reception, for $60. For those who already have concert tickets, the reception tickets can be purchased for $18 on the same registration link. Tickets must be purchased by June 25 – click here to purchase.


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About Kathryn Bernheimer

Founding Director of the Boulder Jewish Film Festival, Boulder JCC. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time." She was also Director of Menorah and ACE at the J from 2003 through August, 2019.

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