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Jazz take on The Creation at Conservative Synagogue

Published 6:55 pm, Thursday, October 4, 2012
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"Genesis Jazzed," a concert offering a vocal and instrumental interpreptation of the story of creation, is planned Sunday evening, Oct. 14, at The Conservative Synagogue.

The show begins at 7 p.m. and features composer Mark Berman's "The Genesis Project," which the synagogue said traces stages of creation while also touching on themes of ecology, human rights, and peace.

The concert is open to the public. The synagogue has suggested a donation of $10, with a portion of proceeds donated to a group that wants to bring Israeli solar-energy technology to African villages.

As a pianist, Berman has performed with Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, and Gladys Night, the synagogue said in a news release.

On Broadway, he has conducted orchestras for "Rent," "Smokey Joe's Cafe," and "Blood Brothers," according to the release

Berman is no stranger to Westport. He was music director for three productions at the Westport Country Playhouse, the synagogue said, including "Jam and Spice" in 2006, "Being Alive" in 2007 and "Hot n' Cole" in 2008.

The Conservative Synagogue is at 30 Hillspoint Road.

For more information, call Cantor Laura Berman at 203-454-4673 or email Joan Merlis at smerlis@optonline.net.