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Where Else Could Music Be This Heavenly?


Music at Beth El Temple in West Hartford is under the guidance of The Beth El Music & Arts Committee (BEMA). With the leadership of Cantor Joseph Ness, it educates and entertains the community through music. The BEMA committee helps conceive and produce musical performances of all genres, while supporting the commemoration of Jewish celebrations and prayer services.


We are thrilled to announce the much-anticipated grand finale of our esteemed concert series: THE FINALE 


This extraordinary event promises to be an unforgettable evening featuring renowned Cantor Daniel Mendelson, Beethoven's dramatic "Third Piano Concerto", and the captivating "Violin Rhapsody" by Bartók. Under the baton of the esteemed Cantor Joseph Ness, our 33-year series of concerts has brought together exceptional talent, mesmerizing audiences with the beauty and power of all genres of music and fostered a deep appreciation for the arts within our community.

"THE FINALE" will be a celebration of the incredible journey we have embarked upon together. Accompanied by a full orchestra, Cantor Daniel Mendelson will enchant the audience with his transcendent voice, presenting a repertoire that spans centuries, showcasing the diversity and richness of Jewish musical traditions.

The program will reach a dramatic pinnacle with Ludwig Van Beethoven's "Plano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor". This masterpiece, which is both representative of Beethoven’s mature style and for pushing the technical limits of the piano itself, will display our exceptional piano soloist Kamilla Mammedova. Plus, the thrilling talents of our world-class violinist Katie Lansdale will be showcased in a performance of the virtuosic and vibrant "Violin Rhapsodies, 1 and 2" by Béla Bartók.

As we bid farewell to this remarkable concert series, we extend our deepest gratitude to Cantor Joseph Ness and the entire BEMA team for their unwavering dedication and commitment to excellence. Their vision and leadership have allowed us to experience the transformative power of music, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Please join us for this momentous occasion on Sunday, April 14th at Beth El Temple. "THE FINALE" promises to be an extraordinary musical experience, as we come together one final time to celebrate the culmination of years of musical brilliance.

Beth El members are encouraged to log in (via the button in the upper-right corner) to most efficiently process your registration. Upon logging in, BEMA sponsors and subscribers do not need to purchase tickets and will be alerted prior to making a purchase. 

How Many Tickets?

General admission tickets for this event are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (65+) and students, and free for children age twelve and younger.
   General Admission -- Age 13 and older ($25)
   Seniors (65+) & Students ($20)
   Children -- Age 12 and Younger (Free)


BEMA Kids’ Choir

Love to sing? Come make music with us! Under the direction of Cantor Ness, children in grades 4-7 learn different forms of Jewish music, practice each Sunday during the educational year, and participate in BEMA concerts and Shabbat and High Holiday services.

Children of all Beth El members – including those who attend Solomon Schechter or Hebrew Academy – are invited to participate. To maintain the highest degree of professionalism, attendance at rehearsals – and (where appropriate) attendance at SULAM Beth El prior to rehearsals – is expected. The kids love choir and it’s a rewarding way to learn Jewish music.  For more information contact Debbie at

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