Travel golden roads

Travel Golden Roads With Our New Musical

Travel Golden Roads With Our New Musical. The featured picture is a reference to Sharon and myself. We are called “The Ohs.” This is short for Ohrenstein. Famed artist, Harold Weiner, drew this for us as a thank you for a charity event that we did for the Sarasota Music Archives.

Meir’s GOLDEN ROADS: A One Woman Musical About Golda Meir.  This original musical was written by the performers: Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein, singer, actor, librettist; and David Ohrenstein, pianist- composer. Broadway director, Carlo Thomas, gave the one woman show a wonderful, big time, New York, aura.  From Golda’s dream to its realization, Sharon plays multiple characters.  Her characters include:

  1. Blume (Golda’s mother).
  2. Morris (her husband)
  3. Her sister,  Sheyna
  4. Zion (a spirit character)
  5. Numerous other male and female characters
  •   The musical will work in any sized theater.
  • It can also be booked for a limited run or as a special event.  For example, for a fund raiser, luncheon or after dinner show.
  • The musical has several length options
  •  The set is simple and basic. L & O have  both portable Yamaha piano and sound.
  • For more information or  price quote: email –

We are all on a pilgramage as we travel the Golden Roads. We all seek the precious jewels of happiness, peace and plenty found on this road.  Learn about this one woman born into poverty and persecution.  Through her own will power and hard work she overcame these hardships.

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Our Song, The Kitchen Cabinet, provides one of many comic moments in the musical. As prime minister,  Golda with her cabinet in her kitchen, is serving homemade delicacies.

Travel Golden Roads With Golda Meir

Our Golden Roads symbolizes the journey some must take to find a better future. Golda’s was quite dramatic:

  • As a child,  Golda was nearly trampled to death by stampeding Cossacks riding horses.  Her passion became having a safe home.

Be entertained by the beautiful voice of Sharon Lesley and piano artistry of David.  Enjoy the beautiful melodies that punctuate the show. Be enthralled about with the story how one woman’s courage and determination helped to rebuild a nation for millions.

Our New York veteran director is  Carlo Thomas.  He has received positive reviews from Hal Prince, Irving Lowens of the Washington Star, and Werner Vollmann of the Associated Press in Vienna. As a bass, he has appeared in many operas, including Rigoletto, La Traviata, and The Queen of Spades. He has sung on opera stages in Italy.  He personally worked with  Broadway composers Timothy Gray and Hugh Martin. Carlo has helped to shape our show and provided exciting projections.

Travel Golden Roads and Make Money

This one woman show, featuring Sharon, is a money maker. Call or contact today to arrange for your special afternoon or evening with Golden Roads. It was SRO as Golda opened the 2017 Sarasolo Festival held at Sarasota’s Crocker Memorial Church. Don’t be shy! Please share with friends.


Travel golden roads

Disappearing Mailboxes Out-Dates a Work of Art

Disappearing Mailboxes Out- Dates a Work of Art. Famed cartoonist, Harold Winer, created a number of illustrations for us. They were a thank you present. At one time he was associated with the Sarasota Music Archives. My wife Sharon, and myself, do musical charity work. The Sarasota Music Archives was one of the beneficiaries. It has one of the finest collections of sheet music in the country. As a thank you, Harold Winer gave us a number of art works. The Ohs is short for our last name, Ohrenstein.

Disappearing mailboxes
This sad picture looks like a lost and found of mailboxes. It seems like they need a home.

For many, mailboxes hark back to a day and age of nostalgia. The sight of mailmen at mailboxes was the norm. Now most are hard pressed to even find one mailbox. (Photo credits: Mailboxes awaiting disposal in San Jose1973 8-cent stamp)

For baby boomers, this was part of growing up.

Disappearing Mailboxes Replaced by E-Mail

 Mail boxes have pretty much disappeared; yet, Sharon and I are still performing. We have started to write our own. I have always been a composer. Sharon writes the lyrics and book. Most recently, we wrote Golden Roads. It was the opening show for the Sarasolo festival. Carlo Thomas is our director. We thank him for his help. He guided our rehearsals. Also, he provided about 2 dozen artistically made posters. During the course of the presentation, Sharon co-ordinates the dialogue with the pictures. Our show sold out,  SRO. On the positive side, the mail is still there. Only, it is called e-mail.  Speaking of which, please feel free to share this e-mail with friends. Let’s have many new shows of all types that can  offer us rides on Golden Roads.

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Music Lightens so Whistle While You Work

Music Lightens so Whistle While You Work. “Whistle While You Work” is a song with music written by Frank Churchill and lyrics written by Larry Morey for the 1937 animated Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

In the featured picture we have L. to R. : Ann Rutherford, Red Skelton, and Diana Lewis in the film Whistling in Dixie (1942)

Here’s How Music Lightens in “Whistle While You Work”. The lyrics by Larry Morey say it all!

Just whistle while you work
And cheerfully together we can tidy up the place
So hum a merry tune
It won’t take long when there’s a song to help you set the pace
And as you sweep the room
Imagine that the broom is someone that you love
And soon you’ll find you’re dancing to the tune
(Spoken: Oh, no, no, no, no! Put them in the tub)
When hearts are high the time will fly so whistle while you work.

In the year 2017 I often ask, where did whistling go? It was commonplace in the 1950’s. After, it seemingly dropped off the face of the Earth. So many people are now facing difficult times. Expenses are exceeding income. We need relief. Melodic music and whistling can offer that. In the 1950’s whistling annoyed me. Now I am thrilled when I hear someone whistling. I am a pianist by trade. Saturday night I was playing at the Gasparilla Inn. My selection was the Sound of Music. I was playing the Lou Singer arrangement. Suddenly, one of the customers started whistling. I couldn’t have been happier. My attitude had dramatically changed. I doubled up on my musical expression. .

As a Composer, I Champion a Return to Melody and Whistling

The proof of the pudding is in the tasting. Sample my compositions at this special event:

Meir’s Golden Roads: A Special Engagement

March 24 @ 11:00 am12:30 pm

$18.00 – $23.00

Meir’s GOLDEN ROADS: A One Woman Musical About Golda Meir.  This original musical was written by the performers: Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein, singer, actor, librettist; and David Ohrenstein, pianist- composer.  From Golda’s dream to its realization, Sharon plays multiple characters.  Zion, in  Shakespeare’s style  in an actual spirit He is not only an idea. See how Zion becomes her guide and true love.

Meir's Golden Roads to be featured at the Longboat Key Center 3/24/17 at 11:00 A.M.
Golden Roads to be featured at the Longboat Key Education Center on March 24, 2017. It is a one time special event at this location.
Address: Centre Shops of Longboat Key, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr # 212, Longboat Key, FL 34228

11 :00 AM- 12:30 PM              Members $18  Non-Members  $23



Public Premiere of Golden Roads Musical of Golda Meir

Public Premiere of Golden Roads Musical of Golda Meir. The word is out. Ticket sales are brisk. Everyone thinks we have a hit on our hands. This musical is happy, uplifting and meant to inspire. Also, this musical has elements of the beautiful music of the 1930’s. Like early 1930’s hit, Stardust, by Hoagy Carmichael, melody is of primary importance. David composes from the standpoint of melody, unlike many of today’s composers. Melody should be held as sacred. Rhythm is also enjoyable. However, in composition, it should be at the service of melody.   Since age 11, that has  been David’s style of composition. All have their own Golden Roads that lead to fulfillment of personal wishes and dreams. The formula is in the musical.

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Golda Meir and our Shakespeare -like spirit character called Zion frequently communicate in our new musical called Golden Roads


So, What is So Special About This Public Premiere?

The dynamic writing team duo of David and Sharon Ohrenstein will premiere a new musical, Golden Roads.
David and Sharon Ohrenstein, are a musical theater writing team. Sharon does the book and lyrics. David does the music.


  • We have a wonderful director, Carlo Thomas. “He went on to a career which included Opera (City Opera, Canadian Opera, Berlin Opera, The Spoleto Music Festival, where he was directed by Gian Carlo Menotti), Broadway (1776, Phantom of the Opera), Concert (soloist at Radio City Music Hall), Recording with the Fred Waring band – and anything that required music. With his life partner Timothy Gray (who with Hugh Martin wrote the score for the musical High Spirits – based on the Noel Coward play Blithe Spirit, and many more), Carlo was enmeshed in the theater scene. Listen to this extraordinary man tell the charming, funny and sometimes outrageous stories of a life and career dedicated to the making of beautiful music. 11-24-14 Audio Interview.”
  • Carlo introduced us to the use of musical motifs. We use them extensively in Golden Roads. The piano becomes a surrogate actor by using musical comments on stage. The technique was used extensively in The Phantom of the Opera. What a learning experience this was for us. We are honored to work with this man.
  • Sharon Ohrenstein

    GOLDEN ROADS: A New Musical About Golda Meir

    $15 General Tickets On Sale Now!

    Sat. 1/28 @1pm

    Sharon Ohrenstein (book and lyrics) performs multiple characters as Golda takes her extraordinary journey from Pinsk to Prime Minster of Israel. Her true love and spirit guide, Zion, follows her every move. Nobody Can Tell Me, I Do, We Have Returned, My Heart Is Always Home (composer: David Ohrenstein) are a few of the songs.

Sneak preview Golda Meir followed the Goldenewegen or "Golden Roads". She made history.

Sneak Preview of Golden Roads, a New Musical

Sneak Preview of Golden Roads, A new Musical.

Golden Roads, our one-woman musical about Golda Meir, premieres in less than 10 days at the SaraSolo Festival! Get a sneak preview and find out just how young David was when he started composing these melodies. Why is this production so special?

  • It is our 4th major rewrite of a show whose time is now. Its history goes back to 1990 at the then Jewish Community Center in Sarasota. Then it had a full cast of 25. Afterwards, it was included in the abbreviated version of three of our musicals, called Three Queens: They were (1) Elizabeth of Russia (2) Octavian and Cleopatra (3) Our Golda.
  • We placed the Golda musical on the back burner for 10 years because of the then touring “Golda’s Balcony.” Now after the recent election we brought it out again. Here is a musical about a woman who did rule her country. This was in spite of her having cancer at the time. She had to lead the country during a vicious attack on Israel. This was on the holiest of Jewish holidays- Yom Kippur.


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Above, composer/pianist David Ohrenstein seated at the piano.


Sneak Preview: Our Wonderful Director is New York Broadway and Metropolitan Opera Veteren, Carlo Thomas

The following about Carlo Thomas is an excerpt from Lynn Bernfield’s radio show. “He went on to a career which included Opera (City Opera, Canadian Opera, Berlin Opera, The Spoleto Music Festival, where he was directed by Gian Carlo Menotti), Broadway (1776, Phantom of the Opera), Concert (soloist at Radio City Music Hall), Recording with the Fred Waring band – and anything that required music. With his life partner Timothy Gray (who with Hugh Martin wrote the score for the musical High Spirits – based on the Noel Coward play Blithe Spirit, and many more), Carlo was enmeshed in the theater scene. Listen to this extraordinary man tell the charming, funny and sometimes outrageous stories of a life and career dedicated to the making of beautiful music. 11-24-14 Audio Interview.”

Kind, wonderful and generous Carlo has been coming to our Sarasota home twice weekly. He introduced us to concepts that are now currently used in Broadway musicals: These are the use of musical motifs throughout the score. The motifs uniquely make the piano an active actor in the show. Now Golda and the piano have an active dialog. One example: When Golda goes to the kibbutz, the piano’s motif is “Old MacDonald had a Farm”. Everyone has enjoyed the piano’s part. The piano cleverly comments on almost everything. I could go on and on. But I won’t. Just come and see the grand premier. Seating is limited. The show is selling quite well.

Hadassah to Feature New Golden Roads Musical


New Musical Golden Toads to be Featured at the Meadows in SarasotaGolden Roads is a musical. The book and lyrics were written by Sharon Ohrenstein and music composed by David Ohrenstein. The date is set for SaBra Hadassah Membership Luncheon Nov 17th.  The performance will take place at approximately 12:45 PM. The luncheon is for members only.  Goals of Hadassah  are financial, educational, and medical. For more information about joining, call the number listed below.

Membership Questions
(800) 664-5646

The musical presents highlights from the early life of Golda Meir. The show has already been presented in other manners. For example, below is a scene is from an earlier production for 3 people. The venue was the Players Theater of Sarasota. For the Players, we had a small orchestra:

Golden Roads has just opened as as a one woman show
Sharon Ohrenstein played Golda.(Left) Ellie Pattison played Golda’s secretary Lou Kadar. (Center) Robbie May, in the long brown coat, played Zion. (Right)

The Building of “Golden Roads” in Israel was an idea that came to fruition under the leadership of Golda. She was against pavement marking the landscape.  Instead, she insisted that roads should be beautiful.  Trees, flowers-  all were to be used for this purpose. The choice of this new title for the work replaces previously previous titles of “Our Golda” and “My Golda”.  The version we are doing for Hadassah  has shapes  the script into a one woman show.  It was first presented as such for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Southwest Florida  on  Sunday, May 15 2016 at he Kobernick House.

Esterhazys Helped to Create the Modern Symphony Orchestra

Esterhazys Via Joseph Haydn Formed a New Orchestra

Esterhazys Via Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) formed a more  Modern Orchestra. Haydn is known for creating the more full and  modern orchestra. The Esterhazys, as patrons, also deserve the credit. Haydn is often referred to as the father of the symphony orchestra. This was only possible because of a family of Austrian patrons, the Esterhazys. Haydn enjoyed a long, fulfilling and  and lavish life as a result.  Without his patrons, I think he would have died totally unknown. Indeed, the Esterhazys must be considered as co-founders of the classical symphony orchestra.

Joseph Haydn Composing a New Work for position with the Esterhazys.
Joseps Haydn work. Perhaps he is playing one of his fabulous piano sonatas?


Nikolaus I, Prince Esterházy (Hungarian: Esterházy I. Miklós, German: Nikolaus I. Joseph Fürst Esterhazy; 18 December 1714 – 28 September 1790) was a Hungarian prince, a member of  the famous Esterházy family. Nikolaus did not hire Haydn, but rather “inherited” him from his brother, who had hired him as Vice Kapellmeister in 1761. He was responsible for the promotion of Haydn to full Kapellmeister on the death of the old Kapellmeister, Gregor Werner, in 1766.Related image

Haydn’s wealthy patrons fulfilled his wish to greatly enlarge his group of musicians. Their kindness also attracted the finest virtuoso players of the day. Haydn was overjoyed to write some 80 of his symphonies under the Esterhazy umbrella.

So Why Am I Blogging About the Esterhazys?

Creators of Great Music and Art need patrons. By backing fine artists, patrons will gain greater rememberance than if their names were merely placed on  buildings. Names on buildings are often changed with new generations of donors.  Patrons of individual artists insure for themselves a well thought of place for perpetuity. The Esterhazys are a case in point. Their kindness lasts and lasts! My wife, Sharon, and I, created 3 full length musicals over 35 years of marriage.  Our newest musical, Golden Roads, is about the early life of Golda Meir. Golda was  a fabulously great role model for all women. She actually became the prime minister of Israel. This was inspite of tremendous road blocks by many who belittled the role of women in government. With Golden Roads we are finally getting bookings. See Feature Events  on DSOworkscom. Our melodies are beautiful. The story of Golda is beautiful. We need help to make this more than a pared down one woman show with piano accompaniment. We feel we have the tools and talent. Now we need the resources. Contact us for an audition or presentation.  Hopefully, your kindness will be rewarded by helping us to stage this memorable theater piece. Patrons, we love you. We should all experience the joys that were felt by Golda.

Golda Meir celebrates life in our new musical, Golden Roads.

Meir’s Golden Roads: A Special Engagement

March 24, 2017 @ 11:00 am12:30 pm

Hadassah to Feature New Golden Roads Musical  November 17 @ 12:45 pm1:30 pm

♥ We Have Just Been Chosen to Open a Major Sarasota Theater Festival With Golden Roads. Posting will be made shortly.




SaraSolo Festival will open on January 28th 1pm with Golden Roads. Sharon will play Golda Meir and David will play piano in their original musical called Golden roads.

Shimon Peres and Golda Meir Walked A Similar Path

Shimon Peres and Golda Meir walked a similar path.  Announcing our one woman musical: Golden Roads – about Golda Meir.  Check our website under the heading of events. Engagements, including a just booked performance at the 2017 Sarasolo Festival and other dates soon to be posted.

What brought these two influential figures together?

Once upon a time, Israel was a dream in the minds of determined settlers of a barren territory.  They wanted a safe haven where they could practice their Jewish faith free from persecution.  These families wanted nothing more than to feel safe in their own homes.  This dream was known as Zionism.

The common path of Meir and Peres

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A youthful Golda Mabovitch

An eight year old Golda Meir and her family left Czarist Russia in 1905 and came to the United States.   But Golda wanted more.  She wanted a homeland.  So in 1921, Golda and her husband Morris immigrated to Mandate Palestine.  A nine year old Shimon Peres and his family left Poland in 1934 to start a new life in Mandate Palestine. Both Meir and Peres lived on a Kibbutz, both were involved in the politics during their twenties, and both took on dangerous tasks as Mandate Palestine moved towards becoming established as Israel.

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Kibbutznikiyot (female Kibbutz members), training at Mishmar HaEmek during the 1948 Palestine war
Women on the Kibbutz were as fierce fighters as the men.

Both helped to build their country.

Peres helped found the Kibbutz Alumot. In 1949, Golda’s “golden roads” public works initiative helped to develop the infrastructure while providing widespread employment opportunities.  Both worked in Israel’s defense.  These golden roads were to also be used as a landing strips for military planes.  Shimon Peres was instrumental in purchasing fighter jets from France.   Both were appointed to numerous cabinet positions.  And both Golda Meir and Shimon Peres rose to the elected position of Prime Minister of Israel.

Shimon Peres appointed to Golda Meir’s Cabinet

Shimon Peres’ first appointment to full cabinet Minister was in 1969 when Golda Meir became Prime Minister of Israel.  His political career was enhanced during her five years as Prime Minister. Peres served as Minister of Immigration Absorption.  Then, in 1970, became Minister of Transportation and Communications and Minister without Portfolio.   In 1974, he was Minister of Information.   When she stepped down later that year, his outstanding leadership qualities positioned him for higher office.  Shimon Peres and Itzak Rabin vied to be the next Prime Minister of Israel.  Rabin won and appointed Peres Minister of Defense.   Shimon Peres later became Prime Minister of Israel in 1995.

Shimon Peres will always be remember for his contribution to Israel
Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzak Rabin receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Lesley and Ohrenstein musical Golden Roads brings to life the dream of Golda Meir and many others like Shimon Peres to have a homeland of their own.   That “golden road” is challenging.  Both Golda Meir and Shimon Peres kept going forward against all odds.  Their determination is something we all can look to when our own lives get rough  – as the lyrics to the theme song say…

Golden Roads by Lesley & Ohrenstein

Golden Roads, Golden Roads….
One Step, two steps, the three steps
A path appears before your eyes
You think you see where it’s going
But you’re in for a big surprise
’cause man makes plan and
God just laughs at them
On whatever road you go,
It’s all a big adventure ride
That’s sure to keep you on your toes. 

Golden Roads of Golda Meir included Shimon Peres in her cabinet.
Prime Minister Golda Meir meeting with President Nixon and Henry Kissinger. During the Yom Kippur War, Nixon helped to save Israel by providing the needed airlift and weaponry.

In a very complex nutshell – (Mandate) Palestine was a territory ruled by the British that allowed self-rule for Jewish settlers.  But the Arab population disagreed – thus, began a century long struggle.  The following is an excerpt from the Balfour Declaration in 1917.

His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.  (written by United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour)

Keep checking our events calendar on for engagements.

May 15th Goldenroads at the Kobernik House

We are excited to premier a one-woman musical about the life of Golda Meir and the story of Israel at the Kobernik house starring Sharon Lesley and music by David Ohrenstein.

This production will be 1 hour long and will feature the lyrics and story written by Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein.

It is sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Southwest Florida.

The date for the performance is Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 1:00 pm and will be located in the main lobby of the Kobernick House.

Please call Kim Sheintal for more information or click here to read more from our blog.


Goldenroads; Our New Musical About Golda Meir

Goldenroads: Our New Musical About Golda Meir. The following was written up by the  Jewish News- Sarasota-Manatee, as an upcoming event. The publication is dated May 2016, Volume 46, No.5:

  • Golden Roads  is a new musical about the extraordinary life of Golda Meir. The musical follows Golda’s journey from a little shtetl in Russia to becoming the 4th premier of Israel.  The newly landscaped highways she advocates are called Goldenroads.   It is sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Southwest Florida. Date is  Sunday, May 15 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Kobernick House. It is located at 1951 N. Honore Ave in Sarasota, Fl. Attendence is free. Everyone is welcome. For more info call Kim Sheintal at (941) 921-1433.


The dynamic husband-wife writing team: Sharon Lesley and David Ohrenstein, are off to a great 2016. Only this time, it is together. David has just completed four months under contract as pianist at the exclusive Gasparilla Inn on the isle of Boca Grande. It is the perfect place for weddings and special dining

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Gasparilla Inn. David has played piano for the last 7 years here. It is old Florida at its best. He loves the wonderful Steinways that he performs on. There are no shortages there of VIPS and heads of State from around the world.


Sharon has just finished her 17th year as a top rated instructor for Road Scholars. She instructs and tours with groups for:

  •  Theatrical plays at the Asolo Theater.
  •  Operas at the Sarasota Opera House.
  • The internationally acclaimed Sarasota film festival. Most of the shows are premiered at the Sarasota Hollywood 20.

Now Sharon and David are joining ranks to present their fabulous one woman show, Golden roads. Sharon will sing and tell the story. David will play his melodious compositions as only he knows how.  For an unforgettable Sunday afternoon, be there!