Organ Sounds is our popular concert series featuring our own Music Director Natasha Ulyanovsky on our historic Austin organ and special guest soloists. The concert series is supported with a grant from the Jolidon Fund from the Greater Hartford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.


Premiering May 14 at 6pm! Click here to enjoy the performance.

Organist Elena Udras from the Ukraine has toured around the world. She is the author of organ works and transcriptions, as well as the author of the music for the film “Out of the Game.” She is also the staff organist and musical director of the Odessa Reformed Church, accompanist of the Odessa National Academy of Music and since 2013, has been the artistic director of the Odessa International Organ Music Festival.
For Organ Sounds, she’ll be performing the music of
George Gershwin, Aleksandr Petrov, and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, as well as some original compositions.

Past concerts include:
Scott Lamlein
performs. Click HERE to listen. 
Christa Rakich on our organ; click HERE to listen.
Songs for Valentine’s Day. Click HERE to listen.
January 8’s concert, featuring Ms. Ulyanovsky’s exquisite performance on our organ. Click HERE and enjoy.

Music helps elevate and energize spiritual engagement at Congregation Beth Israel.

Members participate in Adult Choir, our Shiranote youth choir, our multi-generational Klezmer Band, our annual Purim Shpiel, and much more. Our Music Committee organizes performances of exciting guest artists. Recent concerts include the American Baroque Orchestra in a performance of Sephardic music from 18th-century Amsterdam, and musicians from Nava Tehilah, a contemporary Israeli spiritual community noted for creating groundbreaking worship music. 

Our sanctuary includes a historic Austin Organ with 3,000 pipes, 93 stops, and two expression engines, enabling a wide spectrum of sound colors. You can hear the organ at traditional High Holy Day services, festival services, and in our Organ Sounds concert series.

Our Music Director

Natasha Ulyanovsky is a pianist, organist and vocal coach and a graduate of Odessa Conservatory, of the former U.S.S.R. She continued her musical studies with L. Roizman at the Moscow Conservatory, L. Kramer in Germany and J. Dalton at the Queen’s College, Oxford. Before emigrating from the U.S.S.R. in 1989 she was an orchestra artist and vocal coach at the Odessa Opera House and concert pianist and organist with Moscow Soyuzconcert (the state concert management for professional musicians), performing worldwide. She released two recordings on Melodia label and earned the title of Honored Artist of Abkhazian Republic in 1988. She performed in Hungary, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Lithuania, Latvia, Israel, Poland, Germany and throughout New England. In 2004 she appeared in the program Two Nations-One Love at Carnegie Hall. She has taught music at the Hartt School of Music and at Central Connecticut State University. She is currently the Music Director at Congregation Beth Israel and St.Brigid Catholic Church in West Hartford, CT.

 


Congregation Beth Israel is delighted to present this series of concerts of inspiring and uplifting music to listen to in your home.

December 7
Haneirot Halalu: A Happy Chanukah Musical Compilation
featuring the a cappella sounds of Six13, our own Musical Director Natasha Ulyanovsky with flutist Gonzalo Cortes and the singing group the Maccabeats, performing the music of George Frideric Handel, Félix-Alexandre Guilmant, Bonia Shur, and more.
Click HERE to listen.

November 2
Of Thee I Sing

with the music of Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and Harold Arlen as performed by performers and CBI Music Director Natasha Ulyanovsky and Monika Krajewska (pictured), and nationally-known singers Sarah Vaughn and Cynthia Erivo.
Click HERE to listen.

October 19
Broadway Baby
featuring Lauren Persky and CBI Musical Director Natasha Ulyanovsky.
Click HERE to listen.

September 14
Prepare for the Shofar Sound with the Music of Louis Lewandowski (1821-1894)
showcasing the talents of CBI Music Director Natasha Ulyanovsky on the synagogue’s historic 1934 Austin organ.
Click HERE to listen.

September 1
Jewish Jazz
Enjoy our newest concert showcasing clarinet player extraordinaire Carolyn Bernstein (with piano by CBI Music Director Natasha Ulyanovsky). The concert includes popular tunes by Benny Goodman, Kurt Weill, and Abraham Ellstein.
Click HERE to listen.

August 17, 2020
My Favorite Things
Our concert series continues with our own dedicated Shiranote and adult choir member Molly Singer, with piano by CBI Music Director Natasha Ulyanovsky. The concert includes popular tunes by Harold Arlen, Nat King Cole, Antonio Carlos Jobim and others.
Molly has starred in CBI’s Purim Shpiels and has performed at the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival.
Click HERE to listen.

August 3, 2020
Music for Organ & Strings
featuring Peter Dzialo on cello and our own Musical Director Natasha Ulyanovsky on organ.
Enjoy the concert.

July 20, 2020
The Music of Salamone Rossi
outstanding Jewish violinist, singer and composer of the late Renaissance/Early Baroque Era.
Click HERE to listen.

July 3, 2020
Being Alive
featuring singer Patrick Buckley and Musical Director Natasha Ulyanovsky. The two are performing the works of Stephen Sondheim, Harold Arlen, Stephen Schwarz and more.
Click HERE to listen.

June 7, 2020
Violin Moods
featuring Musical Director Natasha Ulyanovsky accompanying Dan Monyak on the piano, playing works by A. Piazzolla, J. Massenet, and V. Monti
Click HERE to listen.

May 25, 2020
Yiddish Art Songs
featuring Monika Krajewska and Musical Director Natasha Ulyanovsky
Click HERE to listen.

May 11, 2020
Yiddish Theater and Broadway Tunes
featuring Cantor Stephanie Kupfer and Musical Director Natasha Ulyanovsky
Click HERE to listen.

April 27, 2020
Somewhere
featuring Musical Director Natasha Ulyanovsky on piano and Max Schwimmer on saxophone
Click HERE to listen.