Joy Katzen-Guthrie's Net Gazette
All the news about Joy Katzen-Guthrie's concerts, recordings, & tours that's fit to print

December 2009 Issue
Music For These Times
Edna Ferber Returns
Upcoming Appearances
Last Call for Argentina Tour
Joy's Neat News
Soothing Nerves In
Tough Economic Times!
Music to Dispel Financial Worries
and Political Doldrums!
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Don't you wish it was that easy? Pop in a CD and feel your worries dissipate! Actually, that's exactly how it works! Don't take my word for it ... read the many testimonials by those who have experienced my music: "Joy's wonderful music and radiating personality are both playing an important part in increasing peace and harmony in the world," "her entire presence brings joy and happiness," "Thank you so much for your beautiful HEALING MUSIC," "relaxing and calming," "songs that are so charming, so heartfelt, it's enough to make anyone nostalgic," "We are both sitting here with tears of joy in our eyes!"

These are a few of the many remarks I have been privileged to receive over the years. Indeed, music is precisely what soothes your heart in difficult times as well as times of joy and fulfillment. To this end, I devote everything I do. I am blessed to say that my CDs have brought joy to many, and in so doing have brought enormous pleasure to me.

And from now through December 31, 2009, I'm inviting you to take advantage of an extraordinary offer I am presenting as my holiday gift to you. During this season, I invite you to Pay What You Want for any of my personal CDs, and there is no limit. The retail price of my CDs is $14.98 each. From now through the end of the year, you may purchase and pay whatever you want for Seasons of Joy, Heart of Ancient Promise, How Good & How Pleasant, Favorite Melody 1 & 2, Passages, SoulStream, A Steadfast Bridge Pre-Prelease CD, and Holiday Circle of Love. I will autograph CDs by request. If mailing CDs to you, I request only that you include in your payment the approximate shipping costs (about $2 for one CD and $1 more for each additional CD). I will hand-deliver CDs locally if possible.

This extraordinary offer is available only via e-mail or phone, as it is not on my website. You are welcome to share the offer with anyone you know. Email me directly or call me with your order (727.785.4568), mention the newsletter special or Pay What You Want special, and you may make payment of any amount by paypal, or I will mail CDs to you and you may send back a check for the amount you desire.

To hear and view my CDs, visit my 
Online Store.

Why am I doing this?
It is in return for what I feel is an extraordinary blessing to earn my livelihood through the joy of music. Additionally, I am creating several new CDs and am nearing a close of stock on Seasons of Joy, Heart of Ancient Promise, How Good and How Pleasant, and Passages. These CDs will be sold out soon and will be replaced by new titles. I'm pleased to see these last copies enjoyed by others.

Edna FerberTo the right is Edna Ferber, one of America's most celebrated 20th century journalists, novelists and playwrights, author of Show Boat, Giant, Cimarron, So Big, Stage Door, Dinner at Eight, Come and Get It, Glamour, Saratoga Trunk, The Royal Family, Bravo, and other works featuring strong women characters. This past spring, I was honored to premiere the role of Ferber in St. Petersburg playwright Jan Taylor's new production of Edna Ferber: Magic or Madness?, a one-woman dramatization featuring the words & accomplishments of Ferber, sponsored by Eckerd Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Biography Series.

Due to the wonderful response, Eckerd OLLI will sponsor additional performances of Edna Ferber: Magic or Madness? on January 12 in St. Petersburg and January 21 in Clearwater. If you missed the production earlier this year or would enjoy experiencing it again, please take advantage of these special productions. For details, visit my online calendar, or view the current Eckerd OLLI catalog.

Turner Classic Movies will be featuring two of Ferber's films in January-March. Saratoga Trunk will be broadcast on Jan. 30th and Feb. 1st. Giant will air on March 2nd. Visit TCM for details.

To the Edna Ferberleft and below you see me as Edna Ferber. Here are  audience comments from the first presentations:

"Excellent! Three Cheers! Well Presented! Bravo!" "A great unusual experience." "Just outstanding. Thank you! What a treat!" "Fantastic. A Great presentation." "How clever and creative! Jan & Joy make a great team!" "Outstanding!" "Joy should do more acting... She was great. The writer is obviously very talented." "Both Joy and Jan were excellent - in text as well as production. Could make a good Broadway show." "A terrific presentation." "Excellent performance. Good writing, Edna Ferberwell done!" "GREAT!" "This was superb. new, fresh, inventive and thought provoking. Hope to see more of their collaboration." "A charming presentation, very enjoyable. Read her books 50 years ago - Now I'm going right up to the Largo Library and reread her books!!" "The visual display was so very eye catching - it caught your attention as soon as you walked in. Her presentation was just marvelous and such a delightful change. ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING! Great use of record & film." "Fine performance! Joy is developing well as actress!" "This was absolutely wonderful." "This presentation was outstanding - well worth repeating." "Beautifully presented. A different way of telling a biography!! Such talented people - Jan Taylor & Ms. Katzen-Guthrie." "Excellent!" "Yahoo to Joy and to Jan. A job well done by both actress and author." "Wonderful!" "Bravo, Joy!" "Excellent script and delivery as well as content. - Bravo!" "This was wonderful. More of this please." "Absolutely wonderful presentation of Edna Ferber." "This is a MUST for the fall catalog!" "Please repeat in Winter session 2010 so our snowbirds will be back."

I'm so looking forward to bringing Edna back to Eckerd OLLI. You may also download a pdf document of an interview with me featured in the Fall/Winter 2008-2009 OLLI catalog.
Highlights of 2009-2010 UPCOMING
Classes, Concerts, Programs

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View complete details of all of these and more appearances here.
Sat., Dec 5, 2009: AAUW Luncheon, Countryside Country Club, 11 a.m., Holiday Circle of Songs & Story

Sun., Dec 6, 2009: New Life Unity Church, Tampa, 9:30, 11:15 am

Tues.-Fri., December 8-11, 2009: CAB CALLOWAY: Master Showman, Eckerd OLLI Institute

Regency Oaks of Clearwater, Celebration of Hanukkah Stories & Traditions, Wed., Dec 9, 2 pm

Unity of Palm Harbor, Sunday Mornings Sun., Dec. 13, 20, 27, 9:15 and 11 a.m. services, plus more special holiday services in December

Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center, Songs of Hanukah & Jewish Experience, Sun., Dec 13, 2-3 p.m

Devonshire at PGA National of Palm Beach, Songs of Hanukkah & The New Year, Mon., Dec. 14, 2009 · 2-4 p.m

Beckett Lake Lodge, Clearwater, Hanukkah Circle of Songs, Tues., Dec. 15, 2009, 2:30 p.m.

Grand Edventures, Legends of the American Musical Theatre, Orlando, Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m., Gene Kelly: Light As Air, Dec. 30, 9:15 a.m.

Grand Edventures, Legends of the American Musical Theatre, St. Petersburg, Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m.

Grand Edventures, Legends of the American Musical Theatre, The Villages, Jan. 13, 9:30 a.m.

Edna Ferber: Magic or Madness? Eckerd OLLI Programs, Jan. 12 in St. Petersburg, Jan. 21 in Clearwater

Coming Feb-April 2010:
  • Political Satire: Twain to Stewart
  • Bay Area Cantorial Association Annual Concert Feb. 2, 2010
  • MARSP Annual Luncheon
  • The Woman in Chinese Tradition
  • China's Ancient Faiths
  • Heart & Soul of Frank Loesser
  • Sammy Davis, Jr: Entertainer, Innovator, Humanitarian
  • Dynamic Jewish Musicals of Stage & Film
  • and much more!
View Details of all appearances here.
A Happy Holiday Season & New Year!
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It has been a beautiful fall and winter season, and I hope you are already enjoying preparations for a delightful holiday and new year. My December schedule includes a number of Hanukkah concerts and special events in the Tampa Bay, Sun City Center, and Palm Beach areas.

This will be your last reminder of my Spring 2010 Argentina Heritage Tour for April 19-May 2, 2010. Deadline for registration on this tour is December 15th. Please contact me or Sophia Kulich immediately if you desire to receive a detailed itinerary and pricing. See information below.

Sharon SaragaThis holiday season, my friend, licensed massage therapist Sharon Saraga is offering a magnificent Holiday Bliss Spa Package featuring a gift certificate for a one-hour massage in the comfort of your home, plus an autographed copy of my healing/relaxation CD Soulstream and a delightful scented "Gold Canyon" candle. The package is tailored for Hanukkah or Christmas at your request and is available all for $99 locally, or pricing will be quoted for additional SoulStream CDtravel. Sharon's Peace on Earth Gift Package features a one-hour in-home couples massage with two therapists and includes an autographed copy of my Soulstream CD in addition to the scented "Gold Canyon" candle. This peaceful package starts at $169. Sharon also offers a variety of other gift options, including  certificates for in-home massages, teaching massages, spa party, and my relaxation CD, SoulStream. These are wonderfully unique, blissful, and memorable gifts. Contact Sharon at 727-419-7418 or

Several outstanding Tampa Bay Area artists have completed CD projects in our studios in recent months. These new CDs by Cantor Deborah Jacobson and Cantor Moshe Friedler, composer/pianist Claudia Sodaro, and vocalists Mary Anne Edwards and Christine Mariani are now available or will be available within the coming week. They make wonderful gifts during the holiday season and year-round ... request their contact information and I'll tell you how to obtain their recordings.

January 2010 will see two additional performances of Edna Ferber: Magic or Madness? in St. Petersburg and Clearwater as part of Eckerd College's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute programs, in addition to classes and concerts for both Eckerd OLLI and Eckerd Exploritas (Elderhostel). Read more in this newsletter. In January I'll be attending the Empower Arts Posi Performance Awards in Orlando from January 18-20. This thrilling program is open to everyone and is attended by notable posi-music performers and writers from across the country ... read more here.  On Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Tampa, the Bay Area Cantorial Association (BACA) will present its annual cantorial concert, in which I will participate along with many of the cantors and cantorial soloists from the Tampa/Sarasota regions. Please note the date change from our previous scheduling in January.

There's much more in this newsletter, including some wonderful articles and web sites I recommend as I do in every newsletter. I hope to see you this season, and I wish you a beautiful holiday and a year of wonderful contentment, fulfillment, good health and prosperity in 2010.

Warmly, Joy ·

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Last Call for Reservation Deadline for my
Spectacular Argentina Heritage Tour
14 days/13 nights Buenos Aires, Jewish Colonies of Entre Rios Province, & Iguazu Falls, April 19-May 2, 2010

credt card December 15, 2009 is the reservation deadline for my Argentina Jewish Heritage Tour, April 19-May 2, 2010 (departure from USA on April 18, 2010), with an additional 5-day extension tour of the North Argentina Region of Salta through May 7, 2010.

Visit the new Jewish Argentina Section of my website, with extensive links to Jewish Argentina history and resources, here.
VicunaThis 14 day/13 night virtually all-inclusive luxury land tour includes 9 days/8 nights in Buenos Aires, 3 days with the Jewish Gaucho Colonies of Entre Rios Province, and 3 days at stunning Iguazu Falls from both Argentina and Brazil. The spectacular itinerary includes both Argentine and Jewish experience with myself and Jewish tour experts in Argentina. Sophia's Travel, specialists in Jewish travel worldwide, are providing all arrangements for this tour.

Iguazu Falls
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Touring in Buenos Aires includes Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Palermo Viejo, and San Telmo, a Tango Dinner show, local markets, monuments, and Argentina's wealth of historic architecture. Enjoy a full-day Tigre Delta Tour, visit historic synagogues, memorials, and the Holocaust Museum of Buenos Aires, the historic district of Once, often called Argentina's Lower East Side, as well as the workshop and art studio of the renowned Jewish Argentine Kabbalistic artist Mirta Kupferminc -- whose work is currently on exhibit at Hebrew Union College in New York. Our itinerary includes Kabbalat Shabbat services, meals, tours, and activities with the historic Jewish colonies of Entre Rios Province and in Buenos Aires. We'll enjoy 3 full days in the spectacular TangoIguazu Falls region soaking in the sights and sounds of the stunning falls -- among the world's most beautiful -- and the nationally protected area surrounding the falls, both in Brazil and Argentina. Our Buenos Aires hotel, from which we are based for 8 nights, is the exquisite and magnificently located 5-star Claridge Boutique Hotel. Our first-class 4-star hotels in Villaguay and Iguazu Falls offer exceptional locations, views, amenities and comfort. Along with escorting you as Scholar-In-Residence, I'll be joined by local guides and Jewish scholars providing personalized attention. This tour is truly a magnificent experience for the entire family.
Israelitas TempleSee tour highlights at:
Click here to download a flyer for this tour.

To request a fully detailed itinerary and pricing immediately, or to obtain any information about the tour, please contact Sophia Kulich of Sophia's Travel, at 877-466-2934 (national toll-free), 727-254-4373 (Tampa Bay Area), or
Argentina TapestryAs you know, I create my tours to give you time to fully experience each city and the surrounding regions and to fully experience the variety of both the local, national, and Jewish culture. Days are full, with opportunities to sightsee or rest on your own if you desire. A 5-day extension to the magnificent region of Salta is offered, or you may craft your own extension in Argentina or South America with the assistance of Sophia's Travel.
Contact Sophia Kulich of Sophia's Travel, at 877-466-2934 (national toll-free), 727-254-4373 (Tampa Bay Area), or
North Argentina Region of Salta Extension Tour

Optional Extension Tour May 2-7, 2010

Salta 1Our 5-day extension that includes the Northern Argentina Region of Salta, Cafayate, Humahuaca, and Purmamarca. Located in the exquisite Andes Mountains, this breathtaking region is known for its culture and history as Argentina's Cradle of Folklore.Salta 2
The extension tour includes three full days in which to truly experience this spectacular region, including Salta, Cerrillos, Rosario de Lerma, El Carril, Alemania, Río de las Conchas Canyon, El Sapo, El Fraile, Ventanas, el Obelisco, el Anfiteatro, Garganta del Diablo, a Winery tour in Cafayate, Humahuaca (a UNESCO Humanity Heritage Salta 3Site), the village of Purmamarca, Cerro de los Siete Colores (Seven Colors Hill), Gral Güemes City, San Salvador de Jujuy, Tumbaya, and more. For a view of the sights and experiences of this region, visit 4

To request a fully detailed itinerary of both main tour and extension tour and pricing immediately, or to obtain any information about the tour, please contact Sophia Kulich of Sophia's Travel at 877-466-2934 (national toll-free), 727-254-4373 (Tampa Bay Area), or

Joy's Neat News & Recommended Reading

I love to share discoveries I make on the internet as well as news of friends and colleagues. If you have neat news you would like me to share, please email me to tell me about it!

JWA LogoThe Jewish Women's Archive offers articles, podcasts, and interviews of the many and varied accomplishments of Jewish women and their contributions to Jewish historical experience. Their vision embraces the whole Jewish world and all of Jewish culture from the Hebrew Scriptures to the present. Visit the site to read and hear the excellent collection of material they feature.

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

Catch my friend Rick Kastel at Leepa-Ratner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs in Leading Ladies, a comedy about two male actors who dress up as the nieces of a dying wealthy widow to trick her into leaving them her fortune, Dec. 3-13. Visit Guaranteed to bring a smile this holiday season.

Paul Sullivan PortraitAbout 20 years ago while visiting San Francisco, I picked up a couple of CDs at a music store near my hotel. Those CDs were for me the beginning of an appreciation for the remarkable  composer/pianist Paul Sullivan, whose music I still deeply love. Paul has a magnificent website and newsletter, the most recent issue of which offers a free download of his recent composition "Cecile." Paul's music is a unique mix of classical, new age, ethnic, and folk stylings. He presents concerts worldwide and his newsletters keep readers abreast of his tours, recordings, and new compositions.

Miriam PeretzI recently discovered the unique and innovative ethnic dancer, Miriam Peretz, Formerly a principle dancer with Inbal Ethnic Dance Theater in Tel Aviv, now assistant artistic director and principle dancer for Ballet Afsaneh in San Francisco. Miriam has developed a new form of sacred Jewish dance while preserving traditional dances of North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Her roots are Moroccan and her father is a Berber Jew. Dancing from about age 13 in all styles from traditional to modern, she eventually fell in love with the ethnic dance of her own heritage. Her artistry and costumes are a delight to the eye and ear. See her work via her web site, from which you can view a number of wonderful videos of her performances.Kaifeng Jews

Ben-Gurion Airport was the scene of an emotional arrival in November of a group of Chinese Jewish descendants from Kaifeng who arrived to make aliya, marking the first occasion of an organized group of Kaifeng Jewish descendants moving to Israel. The exciting moment was featured in the Jerusalem Post here, and a video report here. These and numerous other new links of China & India Jewry have been added to my extensive online collection of Jewish Asia Resources.

If you're interested in keeping in touch with Sephardic activities worldwide or are involved in Sephardic studies or organizations, you would enjoy subscribing to the Sefarad E-newsletter. The newsletter was founded by professor, author and historian Yitzchak Kerem and Avraham Goodblatt of Jerusalem and New York in 1992. Kerem is a foremost scholar of Sephardic history and culture worldwide and serves as the newsletter editor. He is additionally forming a foundation in L.A. to establish a Sephardic museum in Jerusalem. To subscribe to his newsletter or to find out more about his foundation, contact him here or here.

Edgar Allen Poe PortraitIn honor of the 200th birthday of Edgar Allen Poe, the city of Baltimore has hosted its year-long celebration of the author's life and works. You have through December 30th to experience Edgar Allen Poe: A Batimore Icon - a dramatic exhibition of works by some of the greatest artists of the 19th and 20th centuries who were inspired by Poe's chilling tales. The rarely-seen prints, drawings, & illustrated books explore the enduring legacy of Poe's  dark fiction, along with film screenings, performances, and writing and poetry workshops, continuing through December 30th. Read more here.

John LiaMy friend John Lia invites you to visit his website for Schwan's Home Service, offering home or business delivery of fine frozen foods in Central Florida. Free food & prizes are given weekly. By the way, John is a corporate pilot as well, and you can view details of his aviation services from that site also.

Florida Holocaust MuseumThe remarkable Florida Holocaust Museum is one of the world's foremost institutions of Human Rights awareness. The museum hosts tours and educates tens of thousands of students and adults annually, in addition to its commitment to The Paris Project, which shows children how to stand-up when they observe bullying or socially disruptive behaviors. Mark your calendar for February 11th, 2010, FHM's annual benefit, To Life: Shining Light on a Better World, presenting Lisa Ling, renowned human rights activist and journalist. Visit their site here for more information.

Animal Rescue SiteHere's a good deed to add to your daily to do list ... it takes only seconds and helps care for and provide food for animals in sanctuaries and shelters. A daily click at the Animal Rescue Site instantly provides a gift to this cause and costs nothing. While you're there, click on the top menu of links that allow you to instantly click to support child health, literacy, the rainforest, breast cancer research, and food programs to eradicate world hunger. Click daily to support these valuable programs.