New Album from Atlanta’s Congregation Bet Haverim, Fire Flashing Up: Klezmer Dances for Strings, to be Released September 13

Atlanta, GA, September 05, 2014 --( Congregation Bet Haverim proudly announces its latest recording, Fire Flashing Up: Klezmer Dances for Strings. This mini-album presents the CBH String Ensemble in eight lively and soulful selections. The music braids together the heritages of Eastern European Jewish dance tunes (klezmer) and classical chamber music. Most are traditional tunes from the Old World, with a couple of tango-inflected numbers adding spice to the mix. All are performed in original arrangements created specifically for this group.

The all-congregant CBH String Ensemble grew organically as kindred musicians joined the synagogue and began playing together for services and celebrations. This album from comes on the heels of the wildly successful Wheels Within Wheels, which was released in spring of 2014. On that album, the CBH String Ensemble both performed a purely instrumental piece and also accompanied the singers of the CBH Chorus. Fire Flashing Up is the String Ensemble’s first recording of its own.

Track list: Nigun Sameach, Clarinetango, Der Heyser Bulgar, Nokh a Glezl Vayn, Terk, Kutcher’s Bulgar, Dance of Joy, Tango Sameach.

Arranger David Borthwick is a professor of mathematics at Emory University and an avid violist. See his liner notes at

To request a copy of the CD for review, please contact Allison Carter at (404) 315-6446,, or @cbhatl.

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Congregation Bet Haverim (CBH) is a Reconstructionist synagogue in Atlanta founded by gay and lesbian Jews and embracing all Jews and their loved ones. Its rabbi is Joshua Lesser, and the director of its multifaceted music program is Gayanne Geurin.
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Allison Carter