International cantorial concert at Yad Vashem
Under the rubric 'Remembering the Past, Guaranteeing the Future,' Yad Vashem is marking 50 years since its founding.
Under the rubric "Remembering the Past, Guaranteeing the Future," Yad Vashem is marking 50 years since its founding. As part of it 50th anniversary activities it will be holding an international cantorial concert this evening at 20:30 in Warsaw Ghetto Square.
In addition to favorite cantorial pieces, Yiddish songs such as "Mamaleh" and well-known choral works such as "Oseh Shalom" and "Pithu Li," this concert will feature the first performance of the restored works of cantorial pieces that were sung by famous cantors, including some who were murdered in the Holocaust, such as Gershon Sirota, who was affectionately called "the Jewish Caruso" - and David Eisenstadt, as well as by Moshe Kusevitsky, who was considered the greatest cantor of all in the post-Holocaust period.
The conductor for the evening, Mordechai Sobol, is a prominent figure in the cantorial world in Israel. Born in Tel Aviv, he holds a doctorate in Jewish music; 13 years ago he founded Yuval - the Israeli Ensemble for Chazanut and Jewish Music - which performs original works and arrangements by Sobol, as well as accompaniments for guest solo cantors. The ensemble or, to be more precise, the orchestra and the choir, numbers 100 cantors and musicians, and will perform a variety of cantorial pieces. Most of the pieces are related to memorialization and remembrance: of the Jewish villages, and mainly the Warsaw community that was destroyed.
The soloists invited to the concert reflect the pinnacle of the Ashkenazi cantorial world today. Most were born in Israel, and in the absence of cantors on their level in Jewish communities overseas, they have been invited to serve in synagogues abroad and have developed international careers - including concerts of operatic repertoires with symphony orchestras and many recordings. Participating cantors include Yitzhak Meir Helfgot (Miami), Yaakov Motzen (Toronto), Benzion Miller and Israel Rand (New York), all of whom have rich tenor voices.
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