Arizona Jewish Historical Society will present "To Life! A Celebration of Jewish Music from the Movies," 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Local orchestra Musica Nova and special soloists, conducted by Warren Cohen, will perform movie music by Jewish composers and compositions from the greatest Jewish-themed films of the 20th century, including "The Jazz Singer," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Yentl," "Exodus," "Schindler's List" and more. Images from the films will form a backdrop for the perfomers.

"To Life!" replaces the "Carnegie Hall West" fundraiser, which was held at Beth El Congregation in Phoenix the last two years.

"It's a big upgrade," says AJHS executive director Larry Bell. "We've enjoyed using Beth El, and they were very good to us, but for the next one, the committee wanted a big concert hall."

Bell says that tickets are selling well, though there are still seats available.

"It's going to be a really fun event. We tried to keep the ticket prices as low as possible to make it accessible to the public," he says.

Funds from the event will benefit the ongoing restoration of the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center in downtown Phoenix.

Tickets are $18, $36 or $54 per ticket, with additional opportunities for underwriting and sponsorships. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. Call 602-241-7870, visit or e-mail

- Jennifer Goldberg

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