WEST HARTFORD – Josh Nelson, one of the most popular performers in modern Jewish music, will present a live concert on Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford.
A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter whose compositions are celebrated and integrated into the repertoire of Jewish congregations, camps, and communities around the world, Nelson is a classically-trained musician who is well versed in rock, jazz and world music.
Hailed by Time Magazine as a “star of the New Jewish Music,” Nelson is the music director for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial Convention, faculty member at the Hava Nashira Music Institute, and musical artist-in-residence for the JCC Maccabi Artsfest. He leads services at New York’s 92nd St. Y during the High Holy Days, and has performed at the International Symphony of Peace Prayers in Mt. Fuji, Japan, the March of the Living at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, and Jewish music festivals, synagogues, concert halls, and JCCs across the country.
The West Hartford concert is the centerpiece of a weekend residency at Congregation Beth Israel, that includes a Friday evening Shabbat service in which Josh will lead services with the congregation’s clergy, and a workshop with CBI religious school students on Sunday morning.
See the calendar section for ticket information. For more information, visit www.cbict.org.