The Zelma G. Rivin
Wonderful Wednesdays
Summer Music Series 2021


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For the 2021 season, the Jewish Museum and Cultural Center will be live-streaming the Zelma G. Rivin Wonderful Wednesdays Summer Music Series, in addition to limited seating following CDC recommendations and Virginia mandates.  Please purchase your tickets in advance. Availability is limited for in person tickets.  Tickets are $20.00 in advance, and $25.00 at the door.

WEDNESDAY, July 7, 2021, 7:30 PM

Christopher Kypros, Solo Piano

Christopher Kypros has created a name for himself as a very successful music teacher from the elementary level to the college level, and is an award-winning composer, choral conductor, and musical director. Christopher is a stage and television actor in Hampton Roads and is celebrated for his many years of providing original piano accompaniments to silent films at Norfolk’s Naro Cinema.

Mr. Kypros’ notable appearances and accomplishments include a concert at the National Gallery of Art, soloist with the Virginia and Jacksonville Symphonies, and composer of Liturgy of Peace, Liturgy of Hope, and Liturgy of Light for the Greek Orthodox Church. He also is an author of a children’s book, Lullaby for Alana, which includes original music of the same name.

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Christopher Kypros earned his Bachelor of Science degree in music, piano performance at Old Dominion University and completed graduate studies at The Juilliard School.

WEDNESDAY, July 14, 2021, 7:30 PM 

Pavel Ilyashov, Solo Violin 


Due to unforeseen circumstances, this performance has been postponed.  We will update you when we schedule a new date. Thank you for your support!

The Jewish Museum and Cultural Center is pleased to welcome back violinist Pavel Ilyashov. Pavel has been applauded by audiences throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas for his performances as soloist and chamber musician. The Miami Herald described his playing as a "breathtaking display of virtuosity and rhapsodic expression", while the St Louis Post Dispatch hailed him as "a virtuoso from head to toe".


A graduate of Philadelphia's renowned Curtis Institute of Music, Pavel has performed chamber music with Yo Yo Ma, Jaime Laredo, Paquito D'Rivera, and members of the Guarneri, Orion and Emerson String Quartets.


Pavel's performances have been heard on the popular radio program Performance Today. A debut CD under the sponsorship of the Buder Charitable Foundation was released to critical acclaim. Other recordings can be heard on the Naxos and Albany record labels.


Pavel is a full time member of the Virginia Symphony and a substitute violinist with the Philadelphia and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. In addition to performing, Pavel is a passionate and dedicated teacher. He has taught masterclasses at festivals throughout the Americas. Currently, he is on the faculty of the Governor's School of the Arts and maintains a small private studio.


WEDNESDAY, July 28, 2021, 7:30 PM

Sam Dorsey, Solo Guitar

Todd Holcomb, Solo Guitar

Sam Dorsey is Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Visual Performing Arts at Norfolk State University. Sam has studied guitar with Jesús Silva, Michael Lorimer, Julian Gray and has attended Master Classes with Andrés Segovia. As a President of the Tidewater Classical Guitar Society he has been a moving force in bringing to the Tidewater area artists of international acclaim. He has performed with the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, Virginia Stage Company, and the Virginia Beach Symphony.



Sam is the founder of the Tidewater Guitar Orchestra and as a

solo artist he has performed throughout the United States, Europe,

and Latin America.  Dr. Dorsey has been heard in recital in the Teatro Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica, and the Cento Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City, Mexico.  Dr. Dorsey earned his Ph.D. in Musicology from the Catholic University of America where he was the recipient of the Paul Furfey Hanley Scholarship.

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WEDNESDAY, August 4, 2021, 7:30 PM

Alma Ensemble, Chamber Trio

Sarah Wardle Jones, flutist

Erica Sipes, pianist

Michelle Smith Johnson, clarinetist

Program TITLE: A Celebration of Dance

A collection of works inspired by the art of dance and movement.

The Alma Ensemble was founded by flutist Sarah Wardle Jones, clarinetist Michelle Smith Johnson, and pianist Erica Sipes. It was birthed from a desire of the founding members to create music in a way that is empowering and personally resonant. They place a high priority on playing music by women composers, educating audiences by creating context for the pieces selected, and challenging traditional performance paradigms that inhibit, rather than enhance, the ability to communicate and connect with an audience.

"Alma" means "nourishment" or "soul" which is something that the Alma Ensemble brings to each performance.

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Photography by Carly C. Photography

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021, 7:30 PM

Frailache Klezmer Band with 

special guest Jennifer Rueben.

Due to rising incidences of COVID-19 in our area, this performance has been postponed.  We will update you when we schedule a new date. Thank you for your support!


Under the direction of Marilyn Buxbaum, The Frailache Klezmer Band, "The Happy Musicians" will perform traditional Eastern European melodies, songs of The Yiddish Theater as well as modern Israeli tunes. The purpose of Klezmer Music is to promote and preserve a very beautiful part of Jewish musical heritage. 

As a special treat, guest soloist "Cantor Jen" of Ohef Shalom Temple will join the eight professional musicians. All are cordially invited for an evening of dancing, singing and a joyful experience.



Made possible by grants from:

The Helen G. Gifford Fund