Pro Musica Hebraica presents: From Psalm to Lamentation: A Concert of Cantorial Masterpieces

Thu., Dec. 6, 2012, 7:30 PM
Terrace Theater
Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Tickets On Sale: 8/8/2012
Price Range: $38.00 - $38.00

From Psalm to Lamentation: A Concert of Cantorial Masterpieces

Cantor Netanel Hershtik
Hampton Synagogue Choir (Westhampton Beach, NY)
  Izchak Haimov, choral director
Amernet String Quartet
  Misha Vitenson, violin
  Marcia Littley, violin
  Michael Klotz, viola
  Jason Calloway, cello
Alan Mason, piano

The first of a new annual series of Hannukah-time Pro Musica Hebraica presentations, this concert pays homage to the Golden Age of Cantors and to the liturgical music of modern times. The music traces a rich tradition of cantorial masterpieces capturing their fundamental duality--joy and despair, longing and redemption, from the deeply haunting "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem" to the wildly celebratory "Chad Gadya" of the Passover Seder.

Program selections will be sung by Cantor Netanel Hershtik, one of the great practitioners of the cantorial arts. From childhood he has performed internationally, with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and many of the world's leading cantorial choirs. A veteran of the Israel Defense Force, Hershtik was the first cantor to be invited to perform at the U.N. in its 2006 Holocaust Remembrance ceremony. He is joined by the Hampton Synagogue Choir, the distinguished Amernet String Quartet, and pianist Alan Mason.

Cantor Hershtik, Hampton Synagogue Choir, and Amernet String Quartet
"Retze-Retze Modim" (Meir Finkelstein)
"U-mipney Chata-enu" (Brun)
"Im Eskachech" (traditional)
"Mimkomcha" (Y. Goldstein)
"Dos Yiddishe Lid" (Sholom Secunda)
"Esa Eynai" (M. Yardeni)
"Tanya" (Green)
"Chad Gadya" (Oyssher)
"Veulay" (Yeyuda Sharet, lyrics, Rachel Bluwstein)
"Sheh-yibane Beis Ha-mikdash" (Schorr)

Amernet String Quartet
String Quartet, Op. 55 (Weinberg)

Hampton Synagogue Choir
"Haleluka" (Louis Lewandowski)
"Mizmor Shir Chanukat Ha-bayit" (Oscar Julius)
Performance Timing: Part One - 50 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 40 min.

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