Mort and Nancy Bercovitch Concert Series

The Mort and Nancy Bercovitch Concert Series at Temple Israel consists of several events each year that feature local and touring artists in the intimate setting of the Temple Israel sanctuary.  The concert series focuses primarily on acoustic strings in conventional and sometimes unconventional configurations.  While we often feature classical repertoire, we also venture into music that we feel will resonate with our audience from either a cultural or historic perspective or just to delight the ears with a beautiful sound. For more information or to join our concert mailing list please contact:

Individual Concerts

Sunday December 15, 2019 at 2 pm – Cellobration – From Baroque to Rock and Roll – Chloe Dominguez, Paul Marleyn, Daniel Parker, Raphael Weinroth Brown – cello

This will be a treat for cello and music lovers alike. Four of the leading cellists from Eastern Canada have put together a really fun and eclectic program of short pieces for four cellos, that spans the spectrum from Bach to Metallica with various stops along the way. Not to be missed!

Let the dulcet tones of four cellos serenade you Sunday, December 15th 2 pm at Temple Israel. Paul Marleyn, Chloe Dominguez, Daniel Parker, and Raphael Weinroth-Browne will play a little bit of everything, from classical to tango to jazz.

Featuring works by Claude Debussy, Erroll Garner, Arvo Pärt, Astor Piazzolla, Antonio Vivaldi, Apocalyptica, The Beatles, and Metallica, this afternoon showcases the versatility of the cello, its mellow bass supporting singing melodies in rich, tight-knit harmony.

Of the featured works, one that stands out is the Suite Hellenique by Pedro Iturralde (b. 1929), a Spanish saxophonist-composer known for his fusion of jazz and flamenco. This collection of five short, eclectic dances includes movements inspired by the Greek “Kalamatianós” folk dance, as well as a movement titled “Funky”.

Another is Preikestolen, named after Norway’s “Pulpit Rock”, a work written for cello quartet by Austrian cellist Matthias Bartolomey (b. 1985). Motoring rhythms are passed across each player and the harmonies flow like waves, all to be interrupted by ethereal textures or driving bass lines. These cellists performed Preikestolen‘s North American premiere this past February, and it is a stunning example of the power of the ensemble.

March 29, 2020 at 2 pm – Hot Club Jazz – Justin Duhaime’s Gypsy Muse with special guest William Lamoureux – violin

Take yourself back in time to Paris in the 1930’s when the famous Hot Club featured the likes of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt.  That’s the feel of this band.  Jazz on these acoustic instruments has a unique sensibility that is fun, soulful and always approachable to ears less familiar with the jazz category.  While still quite popular in Europe, this style often takes a back seat to the brassier avant garde at local jazz festivals.  Toronto based William Lamouruex returns to Ottawa to join the band to deliver a performance that is sure to have your foot tapping.

April 19, 2020 at 2 pm – Music of the Diaspora – Nina Gordon – cello, Dina Namer – piano

This program will feature rarely performed classical works by Jewish composers Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Paul Ben-Haim, Freidrich Gernsheim and Pancho Vladigerov.  Much of the program is derived from the research of Cellist Nina Gordon, who is on the music faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University, and Ottawa based Dina Namer, who teaches piano at Queens University.   Both are featured soloist at Temple Israel’s high holiday services. 

Concert Series

All performances start at 2pm.

Ticket entitles the holder to attend all five performances in the seating areas associated with the subscription type chosen (see below).   All tickets are transferrable with 24 hours advance notice of the performance.

Past Concerts

On Wings of Song
The Ancient Law
Forbidden and Forgotten Concert
Homage concert
Boy Wonders
Jewish Life concert
Bulletin, May-June, 2017
The Yellow Ticket
Beethoven Concert