In this first of a three-part series with Smithsonian Associates, the focus is on “Les Chansons Juives:  Portraits of Jewish Music in France.”  Cantor and choral director Ramón Tasat leads a discussion about the enduring connections between French and Jewish musical traditions in Europe and North Africa, which will segue into a live performance by Kolot HaLev.  Among other works, the choir will perform “Maoz Tzur” to a melody from Georges Bizet’s L’Arlesienne, and a setting of Psalm 29 by Emile Jonas. Location:  S. Dillon Ripley Center,
1100 Jefferson Dr SW (Metro: Smithsonian – mall exit).  For tickets, go to: