“Voice of a People: Then, Now, and Always”: Free Concert Features Jewish Music Traditional and New

Press Contact: Tom Hopkins
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: tohopkins@jtsa.edu

January 23, 2017, New York, NY

H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of The Jewish Theological Seminary and Temple Emanuel of Newton, Massachusetts are pleased to present “Voice of a People: Then, Now, and Always,” a concert of Jewish music celebrating Jewish music both traditional and new, featuring songs that draw on a wide variety of inspiration.

The program, to be held at Temple Emanuel, will draw from many different eras and musical genres—music of Broadway, young Jewish composers, classical hazzanut, opera, and art songs, celebrating the diversity and power of Jewish music through the ages.

In keeping with the spirit and mission of the John Leopold and Martha Dellheim Endowment Fund, “Voice of a People” will feature the inspiring voices of both mentors and students: cantors Elias Rosemberg, Elana Rozenfeld, and Nancy Abramson, as well as H. L. Miller Cantorial School students Anna Silverman, Jen Rolnick, and Jacob Agar. David Sparr will accompany the performers on piano.

The concert is free and open to the public; advance registration is not necessary. A reception will follow.

Sunday, February 12, 2017
3:00 p.m.

Temple Emanuel
385 Ward St.
Newton, MA 02459

About H. L. Miller Cantorial School

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.

About the John Leopold and Martha Dellheim Endowment Fund

Created by John Leopold Dellheim (z”l) and in honor of his mother, Martha (z”l), the Dellheim Endowment Fund stands for two of the most important elements of Jewish musical training: cultivation by a mentor and the live handing down of a tradition. The Fund is committed to Jewish sacred music through research, education, and publication, emphasizing Western European/Ashkenazic traditions; the performance of Jewish sacred music in non-synagogue and synagogue settings in order to reach the widest possible audiences; and the mentorship of the next generation of cantors. The Dellheim Endowment Fund supports the continued joining of cantorial masters with eager students through the John Leopold and Martha Dellheim Internship Program at the H. L. Miller Cantorial School.

About John Leopold Dellheim

John Dellheim was a Holocaust survivor who became a pioneer computer programmer at IBM. He deeply loved Judaism and Jewish music, and endowed the John Leopold and Martha Dellheim Internship Program and Concert Series in order to bring Western cantorial music to synagogues around the United States via the mentors, alumni, and students of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School, thereby perpetuating the performance and transmission of Jewish sacred music to future generations. The John Leopold and Martha Dellheim Endowment Fund initiative includes an internship program that pairs students with mentors in the field, and expands the school’s opportunities to teach concert planning, enhance repertoire coaching, and present student performances.