According to Jacqui Drazen, community programming coordinator for the Jewish Educational Alliance and Savannah Jewish Federation, the Levy Memorial Concert began in 1988 when Miriam Slotin Levy put together a free concert to honor her late husband Jack Malitz Levy, and his love of music and the people of Savannah.

Now the tribute is a tradition as well as something special the Levy family calls their “gift to the community.”


This year’s Jack Malitz and Miriam Slotin Levy Memorial Concert takes place at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Admission is free and doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Drazen says this year’s programming is unique. “This year the Savannah Voice Festival teamed up with local pianist Benjamin Warsaw and they are focusing on Jewish composers and their music.”

Selections for the show will include a repertoire of “Porgy and Bess” and “West Side Story,” and will feature composers such as Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland and Rogers and Hammerstein.

“Everyone in the Savannah community loves the Savannah Voice Festival singers,” says Drazen. “They bring so much energy to their performance.”

Drazen says guests should feel free to bring children. “Songs that everyone knows and loves are chosen so everyone can sing along and have fun.”

And if a free musical performance isn’t enough, Drazen adds that guests can expect “delicious desserts during intermission by Teri Dressel, which include Aunt Harriett’s Famous Apple Strudel, something everyone is always excited for.”