This Is Us! A CNS 150 Concert
Sunday, June 2, 7:00pm
A gala concert in celebration of Congregation Neveh Shalom’s 150th anniversary with narration by Rabbi Eve Posen and musical performances by Cantor Eyal Bitton, Ilene Safyan, Michèle Tredger, the Koleinu Choir, and a live band. The concert will be a celebration of who we are and what we stand for: community, continuity, youth, education, spirituality, Torah, religious services, Israel, social action, inclusiveness, and more.
Light reception starting at 6:00pm
Tickets: $12 Members | $18 Non-Members | $36 Patron
Patron: Reserved seats and acknowledgment in the program
About the Artists
Cantor Eyal Bitton is a composer, arranger, and lyricist who has written several musicals, oratorios, and children’s plays. He has mounted productions in Montreal, Toronto, and Hamilton and has had his theatrical pieces performed in the US, Kenya, and China. His choral compositions and arrangements have been performed in Canada, the US, the UK, France, and Israel. He was the musical director and host of the Toronto Zimriyah, the Toronto Jewish children’s choral festival featuring 500 children, from 2008-2017. He released his own CD, HIGH HOLIDAY MEMORIES: Timeless Moroccan & Sephardi Classics, in 2008 and appears on KOL NIDRE: New Visions (2018), recorded live in Paris, France.
Ilene Safyan, who as cantorial soloist has played an important role in the spiritual and musical experience of CNS for many years, brings a warmth of personality and talent that is always appreciated. Not everyone is aware of this, but she has become one of the West Coast’s most celebrated Jewish musical artists. Her six CDs of Jewish music have been recognized by such publications as the Forward and Entertainment Weekly and have won prestigious awards.
Michèle Tredger is a singer/actor who has appeared in such theatrical productions as Just Us at Theatre Aquarius, Closer (as Anna), Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding, The Crucible (as Elizabeth Proctor), HMS Pinafore at the Drayton Festival Theatre, King David the Musical (as Bathsheba) at Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre, Miss Persia the Musical (in the starring role), The Rustling (Theatre Aurora’s Playwrights of Spring Festival) and others. She also performed in Star Trek Live at The Kennedy Space Center. Michèle has appeared on various TV shows and films such as The Odd Squad, Mayday, The Comedy Network’s The John Dore Show, CTV’s The Eleventh Hour and docudrama Undying Love, Abandon (starring Katie Holmes & Benjamin Bratt), and was a producer, writer, and guest host of Bravo’s The Actors, The Directors, and The Producers.
Chris Hardin, who for a long time served as the musical director at Valley Beth Shalom in the LA area, has played/conducted for notables from Merv Griffin to President Bill Clinton, and has scored and recorded for film and TV. For the last 20 years, he has written for the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, and he’s conducted for Craig Taubman as well as orchestrated the music for Tovah Feldshuh’s symphonic debut. His arrangements are fun, challenging, and a favorite of both performers and audiences.