Keren Malki, the Malki Foundation, a non-political, non-sectarian, not-for-profit organization, honors the tragically short life of a girl dedicated to bringing happiness and support into the lives of special-needs children

This site, and the work of Keren Malki (the Malki Foundation), are dedicated to the memory of

Malka Chana Roth Z"L 1985-2001

2012 REPORT

A Jerusalem rainbow of music

The success of Keren Malki's first gala concert is a foretaste of more to come (and there are video clips below)

It was great! A sell-out crowd of over 600 enjoyed Keren Malki's Rainbow of Music concert at Jerusalem's Gerard Bechar Center on Sunday night, March 25, 2012. Held as part of the Jerusalem Performing Arts Festival, this was Keren Malki's inaugural gala concert, and the first time it had undertaken a fund-raiser on this scale. It also served as a great fund-raiser through ticket sales, donations and advertising in the concert journal (PDF).

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Entering the theatre [Photo credit: Zvi Schreiber]   Rising Chassidic star, Ohad Moskowitz [Photo credit: Nir Alon]
 
Collecting tickets from the box office [Photo credit: Zvi Schreiber]   Shai Abramson [Photo credit: Nir Alon]
 
Keren Malki chair Arnold Roth welcomes the audience [Photo credit: Zvi Schreiber]   Israel Opera's tenor, Guy Mannheim [Photo credit: Nir Alon]
 
Guest performer Ido Tauber leads audience
and choir in Malki's Song [Photo credit: Zvi Schreiber]
  Shai Abramson [Photo credit: Nir Alon]
 
Guy Mannheim [Photo credit: Nir Alon]   Ohad Moskowitz [Photo credit: Nir Alon]
 
Richard Shavei Tzion conducted the Ramatayim Men's Choir and arranged the evening's  program [Photo credit: Nir Alon]   From left: Guy Mannheim, Shai Abramson, Ohad Moskowitz [Photo credit: Nir Alon]

Three talented soloists, each representing a distinct musical genre, delivered memorable and crowd-pleasing performances.

Tenor Guy Mannheim from the Israel Opera displaying his wide range of musical styles, thrilled the audience with an energetic rendition of “If I were a rich man” from the Broadway hit “Fiddler on the Roof”, as well as Komm Zigan from Emmerich Kàlmàn's operetta Gräfin Mariza and the liturgical classic “Avinu Malkeinu”. The warm voice of Shai Abramson, the IDF’s chief cantor, held the audience enraptured with “Sim Shalom”, “V’al Kulam” and “Amar Rabbi Elazar”. Chassidic vocalist Ohad Moskowitz had the audience tapping along to his hit version of “Bo’i Kallah”, as well as “Adaraba” and “Birkat Habanim” (“Bless the Children”).  

The acclaimed Ramatayim Mens Choir under the skilled direction of Richard Shavei-Zion, and accompanied by Raymond Goldstein and Aviva Stanislavsky at the piano, provided harmonious backing for the solo performances.

Concert Journal - click to downloadThey opened the evening with their stirring rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone” from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel“ and later joined with all three solo singers for to raise the rafters with “Adon Olam”, “Oseh Shalom Bim’romav” and “Ve-hi She’amda”.

A special surprise of the evening was “Malki’s Song”. Malki Roth wrote the words and music to an uplifting and inspirational song in the months before her death (in a terror attack) at the age of 15. The members of the audience, taught the words of the chorus by Richard Shavei Tzion, then joined guest artist Ido Tauber and the choir in singing this moving and very upbeat song.

Concert organizer Debbie Fishman said the evening was an enormous success by all measures. Beyond the funds raised, the gala concert generated goodwill and awareness on the part of people who, in many cases, had little knowledge of the good work being done in the community during the past decade by Keren Malki.

To judge from the audience’s satisfaction, a second Rainbow of Music is likely to be held a year from now. And for those unlucky enough to have missed out this year’s performance, a DVD will shortly be available from Keren Malki.

Here, for your enjoyment, are two preview clips from that DVD. The video editing is still being done by our professional team, and English subtitles are in preparation so that the final product will be fully bilingual. For now, sit back and enjoy some of the loveliest Jewish music you will have heard in a long time.

 

ABOVE: Guy Mannheim. Shai Abramson and Ohad Moskowitz, with the Ramatayim Men's Choir, sing an uplifting rendition of "Oseh Shalom Bimromav" [translation: May He Who Creates Peace Above, based on a Biblical verse in the Book of Job, and affirmed several times a day in Jewish liturgy as the final sentence of several key prayers]

ABOVE: Guest performer Ido Tauber joins Richard Shavei Tzion and the choir in a new rendition of Shir Lismoach, a song better known as Malki's Song, and written - both music and words - by Malka Chana Roth a few months before her tragic death in 2001. The song's background is here.

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