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The OC Jewish Theatre is one of the only venues in Orange County for quality, Jewish entertainment. Popular events have included singer Matisyahu, comedienne Rita Rudner, child piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick, and more. See what's coming up on the calendar:
Sunday, May 22, 4:00 p.m.
With a massive fan base, more than 20 million views on YouTube, numerous TV appearances and proven success with two albums, 2010′s Voices From The Heights and 2012′s Out Of The Box, Yeshiva University’s student vocal group the Maccabeats is a Jewish music and a cappella phenomenon.
Often traveling with little more than the shirts on their backs and the ties on their necks, the Maccabeats have entertained and inspired hundreds of audiences worldwide, from Alabama to New Zealand and everywhere in between. Using nothing more than the unadulterated human voice, a clean-cut presentation and a little Jewish humor, this unique group of singers is able to connect with fans of all backgrounds and ages.
Though the Maccabeats aren’t your grandfather’s synagogue choir, their ideology and identity play an important part in what they do. Strongly committed to the philosophy of Torah u-Madda, the integration of traditional and secular wisdom, the Maccabeats perform an eclectic array of Jewish, American and Israeli songs. Their breakthrough piece, “Lecha Dodi,” is the epitome of this synthesis, combining some of the most beloved words of Jewish liturgy with Leonard Cohen’s meaningful and melodic “Hallelujah.”
The Maccabeats’ unique offering has caught the eyes of numerous organizations and individuals throughout the world. They’ve played sold-out shows to thousands at JCCs, temples, synagogues, shuls, Chabads, Hillels, jazz clubs, festivals, conventions and theaters across five continents and over thirty states and provinces. They’ve been invited to join reggae superstar Matisyahu and Jewish music superstar Yaakov Shwekey on stage. They’ve been invited to Gracie Mansion by NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg. And they’ve been invited to the White House by U.S. President Barack Obama.
Over the course of time, their adventures and opportunities imparted upon the Maccabeats an important lesson: with great a cappella comes great responsibility. It is with much humility and gratitude that the group takes the mission given to it and shares its music with the world.
Myers Theatre at the Merage JCC
Sunday, May 22, 4:00 p.m.
Questions? Contact Aliza Sable, 949.435.3400 x. 305.
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