Louisville Jewish Film Festival Extra: Orchestra of Exiles and Concert

Adding an extra flourish to the successful festival and celebrating the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra’s April 1 concert in Louisville (see Around Town for discount ticket information, page 23), the 2014 Jewish Film Festival is offering a special season extra.

On Sunday, March 30, at 7 p.m., at the Temple, the Louisville Jewish Film Festival will present a short concert by the Kling Chamber Orchestra and the film, Orchestra of Exiles, which documents how the Israeli Philharmonic arose out of the flames of the Holocaust.

The film tells how one man, Bronislaw Huberman, used his resourcefulness to rescue 70 of the world’s greatest musicians from Nazi Germany. In spite of resistance, Huberman succeeded in creating one of the world’s greatest orchestras. This thrilling tale of escape is accompanied by an excellent musical score and contains interviews with Zubin Mehta, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Joshua Bell and more.

The Kling Chamber Orchestra is performing this concert in tribute its founder, Louis Moseson, who served as its music director and conductor until his retirement in 2013, and in recognition of The Temple’s donation of rehearsal space for the Kling Orchestra for many years. Daniel Spurlock, who also serves as musical director of The Louisville Chorus, is the Kling Orchestra’s conductor and musical director.

The Kling Chamber Orchestra is an all-volunteer, community chamber orchestra with 20 members who have been playing in Louisville for 35 years. The Orchestra was named for Arthur Kling, whose idea it was to establish the group.

Following the short concert, the film Orchestra of Exiles will be shown.

The grand finale of the evening will be a reception graciously sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women, Louisville Section.

Prices are $12 in advance; $14 at the door and $6 for students. Call the JCC at 502-459-0660 to purchase tickets or get more information. Seating is limited. Any remaining tickets will be available at The Temple one hour before the performance.

The 16th Louisville Jewish Film Festival, which included 12 diverse offerings shown February 8-23, was a huge success, drawing over 1200 people to several venues.

The final two films were Fill the Void, the story of the daughter of an Orthodox family and her struggle with arranged marriage and a sister who died in childbirth; and The Other Son, a moving tale of two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian who discover they were switched at birth during the Gulf War.

A committee of 14 people selected the films, led by Jewish Film Festival Chair, Keiley Caster. Together, they reviewed more than 35 films to make their final selections. This year, films came from Israel, Germany, USA, France, Poland and the Netherlands. Three receptions, including one featuring Louisville native and nationall known stand-up comedian Mark Klein, were held. Two of the films were shown for free, one at The Temple and the other at the Ali Center.

The 16th Annual Louisville Jewish Film Festival was funded in part by Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, The Rosa Gladstein Fund, The Louis Levy Film and Theatre Arts Fund, The Robert I. Lerman Family Fund, The Ann and Coleman Friedman Fund for Judaic Activities, Congregation Adath Jeshurun, The Temple, Muhammad Ali Center and LEO Weekly.

Executive Producers of the Film Festival include Keiley and Sharon Caster, Joseph and Angeline Golden, Martyn and Toni Goldman, Dennis and Judy Hummel. Producers include: The Temple Brotherhood, David Lipp, Chuck and Evie Topcik, Louis and Wilma Levy, Bob and Jackie Kanovitz and Stuart and Linda Goldberg.

Directors include: Alan and Janice Glaubinger, Danny and Judy Boggs, Frank and Meryl Kasdan, Lee and Amy Benovitz, Drs. Mann and Fox, PCS, Robert and Susan Waterman and Alan and Debbie Friedman. Actors include: Mark and Sandra Hammond, Arnold and Carol Zegart, Mervin and Deborah Aubsepin, John and Bonnie Roth, Robert Van Sickel and Lauren Kehr, Phil and Ellen Rosenbloom, Robert and Felice Sachs and Lee Shai and Sharon Weisbach.

Film Festival Director Marsha Bornstein said “without the support of these patrons, there would be no festival and we are grateful for their generosity and belief in the importance of having a Jewish Film Festival in our community.”

Louisville Jewish Film Festival Committee Members include: Keiley Caster, chair, Rabbi David Ariel-Joel, Michael Furey, Janice Glaubinger, Alex Udis, Lisa Goldberg, Angeline Golden, Meryl Kasdan, Louis Levy, Cantor David Lipp, Janet Naamani, Pami, Shelly Rifkin and Susan Waterman.


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