Jewish Museum & Cultural Center: The Zelma G. Rivin Wonderful Wednesdays Summer Music Series 2023

by | Jul 13, 2023 | What’s Happening

The annual Zelma G. Rivin Wonderful Wednesdays Summer Music Series begins this month.  All concerts take place at the Jewish Museum & Cultural Center. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, or $75 for the entire series if purchased in advance.  JMCC is located at 607 Effingham Street in Portsmouth.

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The Hardwick Chamber Ensemble 

Wednesday, July 19, 7:30 pm

The Hardwick Chamber Ensemble’s objectives are to foster the community’s appreciation of classical chamber music and cultivate understanding, taste, and love of music.

Formed in 1988 as a performing ensemble for Young Audiences of Virginia, Inc., HCE has performed assembly programs for thousands of Virginia’s school children. They have also performed more than 200 concerts for colleges, universities, and other presenting organizations throughout Virginia and, occasionally, in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and elsewhere.


The Glencoe Lads

Wednesday, July 26, 7:30 pm

Magic happens when Glencoe Lads take to the stage in their kilts and fiddles. U.S National Champion Fiddlers Seán Heely and Colin McGlynn perform lively dance music from Scotland, Cape Breton, and Ireland, as well as modern day tunes in the American tradition. Their pieces include elegant, haunting slow airs, mighty pipe marches, and the wild strathspeys and reels and beautiful Scottish Gaelic songs.

The Glencoe Lads have a charismatic stage presence and an unforgettably electrifying collaboration that is sure to get every toe tapping. They have performed at such venues as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, Alasdair Fraser’s Fiddle camp in the Isle of Skye, Scotland, Virginia Scottish Games, Virginia Arts Festival, The Acadia Trad School of Music and Arts, and The Niel Gow Festival in Dunkeld Scotland.


The Jewish Life Duo: Yevgeny Dokshanksy and Richard Masters

Wednesday, August 2, 7:30 pm

Belorussian-born American clarinetist, saxophonist, and conductor Yevgeny Dokshansky has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, and conductor throughout Europe, North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Richard Masters is a soloist, opera coach, chamber musician, and orchestral pianist based in Blacksburg, Va. He is an associate professor of piano and collaborative piano on the music faculty at Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts.


Bagels and Fraylox Klezmer Band

Wednesday, August 16, 7:30 pm

Klezmer is a mixture of wedding and party music of 19th century Eastern Europe with strains of Yiddish theater and American dance band music of the early 1900s. It borrows freely from a mixture of Romani style tunes, Middle Eastern music, and other sources as diverse as American folk music and rock ‘n roll.

The ensemble features two clarinets, tenor saxophone, accordion, bass, drums and other percussion, as well as a vocalist.