Accomplished 21-year-old Toronto-born violinist Lyrit Milgram has studied with renowned teachers in Toronto, France, Barcelona and London. A graduate of the Purcell School in London and currently in her third year at the Royal College of Music there, she has already won many awards in Canada and Britain. And now comes another: Toronto’s Temple Sinai Congregation recently named her as the winner of its 2013 Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award.
Milgram, who has performed in Britain, Europe, the United States and Israel, is scheduled to give a concert at Temple Sinai on Wednesday, June 19, 8 p.m. Unknown to the temple’s jury of professional musicians who selected her as their unanimous choice, Milgram has a strong family connection to Temple Sinai: her grandparents, the late Sophie and Samuel Milgram, were both active members. 416-487-4161.
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Synagogue Choirs in Concert: Hallel Songs of Praise is a community choral concert featuring the voices of Beth Radom Congregation, Holy Blossom Temple Singers, Beth Tikvah Synagogue, Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir, Lachan Jewish Chamber Choir, Toronto Jewish Chorus, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Shaarei-Beth El, Toronto Jewish Male Choir and Kol Rina Women’s Choir. Beth Radom Congregation, 18 Reiner Rd. Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. $20 suggested donation. www.bethradom.com, 416-636-3451.
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Names in the News: Toronto actors Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus, co-founders of the National Theatre of the World, are bringing their series of improvised plays, Impromptu Splendor, to Tel Aviv, where they are scheduled to perform at the Centre Stage Theatre March 27 to 30. Baram appears in the Citytv comedy series Seed, and Snieckus appears in the CBC comedy Mr. D. and is a panellist on CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.
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Arts in Brief
• American pianist Jonathan Biss matches two Schumann pieces for solo piano (Fantasiestucke and Davidbundlertanze) to 20th century works by Leos Janacek and Alban Berg, which are all deeply connected. He also presents a post-concert talk. Biss comes by his musical talent naturally: he is the child of Israeli-born violinist Miriam Fried and violist Paul Biss. $25 and up. Koerner Hall, Sunday, March 24, 3 p.m. www.rcmusic.ca
• Toronto-born and New York-based Aubrey Glazer reads some of his lyrical translations of Hebrew poetry by various poets in his new book Golden Molten Stream, with performances by Juno-nominee band Jaffa Road, Aaron Bensoussan and Ernie Tollar. Glazer was formerly a rabbi at Beth Tzedec and Beth Emeth congregations. $10 at the door. The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. Thursday, March 28, 7:30 for 8 p.m.
• Alexander Showcase Theatre and the Al Green Theatre present Young Frankenstein, the Mel Brooks musical. $27, $32. Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Al Green Theatre, Thursday April 11 to Sunday April 21. 416-324-1259.
• Singer-dancer Tanya Granovski sings in Yiddish, Hebrew, English and Russian in Sing Me a Song in Yiddish, a benefit performance for the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir. Alexander Veprinsky, the choir’s conductor, is to accompany Granovski on piano. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, VIP ticket $50; refreshments. Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Ave. Saturday, April 20, doors open 7 p.m.
• The Ottawa Klezmer Band performs its 35th anniversary concert on the fourth stage of the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.
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At the Galleries
• Nurture: Stories of New MidLife Mothers is an exhibition of photographs by Shana Shureck and Tracy Cianflone, curated by Cyma Shapiro. At the Miles Nadal JCC Gallery until April 21.
• Active Seniors and Boomers presents Influential Jewish Artists and Their Art with art educator Osnat Lipa. This art appreciation program offers an illustrated overview of six important artists and their work, ranging from the folkloric themes of Chagall to the abstract canvases of Mark Rothko, and including Camille Pissaro, Amadeus Modigliani, Chaim Soutine and Lucien Freud. Miles Nadal JCC, on Tuesdays April 16, 23 and 30, 1:30 p.m. Registration begins March 28. $36 for the series, $15 per session at the door if space permits. 416-924-6211, ext. 0.