Many holiday songs were written by Jewish composers, including Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”; “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” by Sammy Cahn (born Cohen) and Jule Styne (who also wrote “The Christmas Waltz” together); “Winter Wonderland” (composer Felix Bernard was born Felix William Bernhardt); and “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” by Robert Wells (born Levinson) and Mel Torme.
The Desert Melodies will present “Holiday Magic: Holiday Songs by Jewish Composers” on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The eclectic vocal cover group performs with live piano and drums.
The performance will include the history of Jewish composers who wrote holiday standards — as well as a selection of Chanukah songs.
“Holiday music is beautiful, uplifting and fun to listen to, regardless of your religion,” says Harriet Siskin, pianist and band leader. “The tunes are timeless and that’s the reason why you hear them year after year. The songs we have selected to perform were all written by Jewish composers … [or] recorded by a Jewish entertainer at some point in their career.”
Tickets are $10. RSVP at 299-3000 or tucsonjcc.org.