Linda Hirschhorn, Gary Lapow & Betsy Rose
Dinner and desserts prepared by Chef Traci
Linda, Gary and Betsy have been contributing great music to the Bay Area's folk and progressive scene for decades. Their songwriting explores the rich dimensions of such topics as lasting love (or not!) and the changes that the decades have brought. Together they bring a wealth of musical and personal experience, from singing with children, to leading a successful women's a cappella group, to musical activism for peace, justice and the 99%, to explorations of spirituality. They bring timeless music for the seasons of our lives.
Linda Hirschhorn has been at the forefront of the Jewish music scene for decades, ever since her women's a cappella ensemble Vocolot came into being. She has been the Cantor at Temple Beth Sholom in San Leandro since 1988, after being a cantorial soloist at Kehilla Community Synagogue in Berkeley for over 15 years. Hirschhorn writes songs in Hebrew and Yiddish and English, adaptations of liturgy and poetry, folk songs and protest songs. She believes that different voices blending together in harmony is not only a metaphor for, but an example of, the kind of coexistence the world needs.
Betsy Rose is a singer, songwriter and community activist whose insight, warmth, humor, wit and wisdom have added a wealth of songs to the world of folk and progressive music for over thirty years. The songs of the Civil Rights movement, the hymns in her minister fathers church, classical musical training, and the songwriters of the burgeoning folk movement of the 60s provided rich soil and deep roots for Betsy's emerging gifts as a songwriter and singer. Betsy was a pioneering voice in the Womens Cultural Movement of the 70s and 80s. Artists such as Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, and Bobbi McFerron have sung her songs.
Gary Lapow is best known as the Bay Area's premier childrens entertainer for the past 35 years, but he also has a long history as a songwriter and singer for adults. In the mid- 1970s, he played guitar for the late songwriter and activist Malvina Reynolds, and before that, was a member of the Red Star Singers, San Franciscos radical activist band. Gary got his start at the High School of Music and Art in New York. He hung out at Washington Square Park, jamming with bluegrass and folk musicians. Soon Gary was engaged in the civil rights era - going to the South to teach, and playing guitar for the Freedom Singers.
Niebyl-Proctor Library (View)
6501 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
|Minimum Age: 5|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
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