Sacred sounds

A celebration of music through the ages

The concert will present Jewish music from the baroque period to the present day.

The final Live at the Great concert is just around the corner and the team at Live at Yours is farewelling 2022 with a bang. Described as a big Chanukah celebration, there’ll be complimentary doughnuts at interval and a musical feast of Jewish music spanning more than 300 years.

The final concert for this year will feature klezmer band Chutney, pianist Vatche Jambazian, violinist Ben Adler, clarinettist Frank Celata, the golden voice of international cantor Menachem Feldman, as well as the Great Synagogue’s choir, and principal artists from both the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

The concert will present Jewish music from the baroque period to the present day.

According to Live at Yours conductor and pianist Vladimir Fanshil, the theme fits in beautifully with the time of year – Chanukah.

“The theme arose when we were discussing a Chanukah concert with Rabbi [Benjamin] Elton which we wanted to put on for our own community, but also to invite the broader community to come and enjoy Jewish music at the Great,” Fanshil said. “We have endeavoured to take the audience on a journey through sacred music heard in service – recognisable melodies from Chanukah and Shabbat – to classical music by the likes of Prokofiev, Kreisler and Mendelssohn, through to a klezmer-filled second half, as Chutney take over for an energetic and joy-filled celebration.”

Live at Yours is also looking towards 2023, with season tickets now available.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Sydneysiders into the heart of our synagogue so we can enjoy together the universal experience of listening to wonderful music, presented by the incredible Live at Yours team,” Rabbi Elton wrote in the program.

The season will include baroque to bossa, gypsy inspired music, Vivaldi vs Piazzolla, James Morrison and Alexander Gavrylyuk. It’s an exciting line-up which the Live at Yours team is incredibly proud of.

“We’re really bringing the cream of the crop.”

Klezmer, Cantors and Chutzpah is at the Great Synagogue on December 7. For more information, tickets and the 2023 season, visit

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