East Winds Symphonic Band Cabaret Concert to Benefit Squirrel Hill Food Pantry

(Pittsburgh, PA | September 17, 2019) -- The East Winds Symphonic Band presents "Backstage Pass Cabaret,” its annual benefit concert supporting the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry on Sunday, October 20 at 7 p.m. 

Many of the selections for this year's Cabaret program are from Broadway and from the soundtracks of  major feature films, including "The Lion King," "Chicago," "Mama Mia," "A Chorus Line," "Sound of Music," and the Star Wars films.

Held at Rodef Shalom Congregation, concert admission is free, but attendees are strongly encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food or cash contributions as they arrive to hear the 70-member ensemble, taste light refreshments, and enjoy BYO wine.  All donations received will support the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry.

Light refreshments will be offered throughout the musical presentation.  Free parking is available in the lot behind the building, located at 4905 Fifth Avenue.

The East Winds Symphonic Band's members are all volunteers, united by a love for live music.  Through weekly rehearsals and numerous concerts throughout the year, the band's repertoire has grown to embrace a variety of musical styles and compositions arranged for a wind concert band.

The connection between the band and Rodef Shalom is well established.  For most of its 37-year history, the group - which is based in Pittsburgh's eastern suburbs - has offered an annual concert at the synagogue.  The late Aaron Silberman, a congregation member and patron of musical arts, initiated the series. Later, and until his death in 2013, those concerts were coordinated by Norman Kanel.  Kanel's longtime support for the Food Pantry will be honored at the concert, which officially carries the name of "The Norman Kanel Music With a Mission Concert." The concert is being underwritten by the Stanley and Sandra Gurgon Spear Fund and is sponsored by the Rodef Shalom Brotherhood.

Rodef Shalom Congregation has been a beacon in the Reform Jewish community for more than 150 years. From the middle of the 19th century onward, our congregation has pushed for the modernization of Jewish thought and practice. We are a congregation made up of individuals and families; we are multi-generational, multi-cultural, interfaith and we’re saving a space for you too. Regardless of backgrounds, ours is a community that is socially engaged, spiritually mindful, and committed to ensuring the vitality of Jewish life across generations.

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