JTS's Cantorial School Announces Faculty Composers in Concert and a Student Recital

Press Contact: Eve Glasberg
Office: (212) 678-8089
Email: evglasberg@jtsa.edu

April 10, 2012, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS)'s H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music is proud to announce two upcoming concerts: a recital by senior students on Sunday, April 22, at 4:00 p.m.; and a concert of works by faculty composers sponsored by the JTS Arts Advisory Board on Tuesday, April 24, at 6:00 p.m. The performances will be given in JTS's Feinberg Auditorium at 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in New York City. Both will be followed by a reception.

Admission is free, but reservations are required for the faculty composers' concert. To RSVP, please call (212) 678-8037. Please arrive early for sufficient time to check-in, and have photo ID available.

The H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music is home to some of the most accomplished and creative faculty in Jewish and religious music and voice. Its educators are composers, cantors, and artists who prepare and guide new clergy to lead and perform, and to preserve and teach Jewish musical tradition and prayer to new generations of congregants. Students spend five years learning and integrating the skills that will allow them to serve the Jewish community as cantors and leaders. The training includes performance preparation, as well as studies in nusah, prayer, text skills, and general music.

At the April 22 recital, Annelise Ocanto and Bonnie Streigold will perform choral, duet, solo, and original compositions of hazzanut, Ladino, Yiddish, Jewish contemporary, Israeli, and Broadway repertoire. They will be accompanied by Elizabeth Rodgers on the piano.

The April 24 faculty composers' concert, titled L'lamed V'litzor, to Teach and to Create, is curated by Cantor Nancy Abramson, director of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School, and Dr. Gerald Cohen. It will feature works by both current and retired JTS faculty members: Gerald Cohen's Playing for Our Lives, performed by the Cassatt String Quartet; Boaz Tarsi's Mediterranean Melodies for flute, violin, cello, and piano; and works by cantors Lawrence Avery, Charles Davidson, Natasha Hirschhorn, and David Tilman will be featured. The H. L. Miller Cantorial School Chorus will perform.

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