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Shalom, Friend of Zamir,
Summertime greetings! How better to make the "livin' easy" than to enjoy music from the Zamir Chorale of Boston? Catch up on our recent concerts, check out our latest CD, and take a sneak peek at plans for our 39th season, with much more to come in the fall!
In This Issue:
Shalom Rav a Hit at Sanders Theatre
Do-Re-Mi-Mi-Mi:Time for Zamir auditions!
New Recording: Psalmsensation!
Shalom Rav a Hit at Sanders Theatre in June
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The audience was dancing in the aisles -- and singing along -- when Zamir and guest artists Kol B'Seder joined musical forces for Shalom Rav, Zamir's June 3 concert at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. Emotions ran high when Zamir honored Cantor Jeff Klepper and co-founder, with Rabbi Daniel Freelander, of Kol B'Seder. Composer of more than 200 songs, including the widely known melodies for "Shalom Rav" and "Oseh Shalom," Jeff engaged the crowd with reminiscences from the early days and messages of hope and peace. (Pictured:  Rabbi Dan Freelander and Cantor Jeff Klepper.)
Zamir's Artistic Director Joshua Jacobson says, "Jeff is a rare blend of a person who is musical, original, spiritual, intellectually creative and fun. He has created melodies that are so well known and widespread in synagogues across America that many Jews already consider them part of the tradition." Born in New York City, Jeff was integrally involved in the North American Federation of Temple Youth as a songleader and formed Kol B'Seder in 1974. Jeff is currently the Josh Jacobson conducts Shalom Rav concertcantor at Temple Sinai in Sharon. (Pictured: Josh Jacobson welcomes the audience.)

Shalom Rav also featured pianist Hankus Netsky. Known to audiences as the founder and director of the famed Klezmer Conservatory Band, Netsky is also a scholar of ethnomusicology and serves on the faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music.
(Photos courtesy of Mickey Golden;
Watch the video of "Shalom Rav.")
Do-Re-Mi-Mi-Mi:  Time for Zamir Auditions!
Want to join Zamir? We're looking for experienced and enthusiastic choral singers!  Come to our open rehearsals at Hebrew College on Tuesday, September 11 and 18 from 7:15 to 10 pm. Individual auditions will be held at Hebrew College from 7 to 10 pm on Sunday, September 23, by appointment only. Call 617-244-6333 or e-mail [email protected].  Also, check out our website for details. 

Zamir in the Catskills

About 30 Zamirniks headed for the hills for a Sunday evening performance to open the North American Jewish Choral Festival at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, NY, on July 8. A highlight was Josh Jacobson's creative arrangement of Klepper's "Shalom Rav," which weaves in Beethoven's Ode to Joy, much to the audience's delight. Featured guest Daniel Freelander lent his dulcet tones to the occasion. The popular annual festival attracts some 600 choral singers from across the continent who gather to sing and study Jewish music. And the Borscht Belt food's not bad either! For information, please visit www.zamirfdn.org

New Recording!
Psalmsensation: A Multiethnic Concert Experience
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If you haven't ordered our latest CD, our online store is fully stocked. Now's your chance to participate in an unparalleled journey through the sounds and rhythms of the Book of Psalms and recapture the spirit and energy of our June 2006 program. Enjoy the diversity of these extraordinary psalm settings from Israel, France, the U.S., Morocco, Syria, Turkey, Italy, and Brazil, and featuring a medley from African-American gospel traditions. Purchase (and hear audio clips) now and check out all our merchandise!

Meet This Year's Mary Wolfman Epstein Conducting Fellow

Zamir welcomes Rachel Lehmann as our 2007-2008 fellow. Rachel, who expects to graduate from Brandeis University in May 2008, majors in Music and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. She has served as musical director of the Brandeis Hillel Theatre Group's productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Music Man. A soprano, Lehmann is a member of Manginah, Brandeis University's co-ed Jewish a cappella group. She has interned at the National Music Library and Sound Archives and currently studies voice and piano.

The Mary Wolfman Epstein Conducting Fellowship was established in September 2000 by Scott Offen to train conductors in the area of Jewish choral music.

Hold the Dates! October 18, December 2 and 24


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Thursday, October 18, 7:30 pm, Congregation Kehillath Israel, Brookline.
Not to be missed! Israeli Prize winners, The Gevatron: The Israeli Kibbutz Folk Singers, will perform with Zamir in a special engagement. The Israel Prize is the most prestigious award handed out by the State of Israel. Stay tuned for details. (Pictured: The Gevatron)

Sunday, December 2, 3:00 pm, Open Sing at Temple Reyim, Newton. Join Zamir as we sing through Leonard Bernstein's popular Chichester Psalms and our favorite choruses from Handel's magnificent oratorio Judas Maccabaeus. This is your opportunity to experience (or revisit) these choral masterworks. We welcome singers of all levels as well as listeners.
Sunday, December 24, 7:30 pm, Hanukkah Happens XVIII, Temple Emanuel, Newton. This year's annual concert features Zamir and Temple Emanuel's new Hazzan (Cantor) Elias Rosemberg, who will perform liturgical masterworks and cantorial classics, including Machtenberg's "Shehecheyonu" and Schorr's "Sheyiboneh Beys HaMikdosh" as well as Sephardic melodies such as "Yom Zeh LeYisrael" and "Yismach Mosheh."

Keep in Touch!

Let us know what you're up to -- we love hearing from our friends near and far. If you would like to bring Zamir to perform a concert in your community, or to learn more about upcoming events, please contact us!  

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Zamir Chorale of Boston
Barbara Gaffin, Managing Director, and Deborah Sosin, E-Notes Editor
Zamir Chorale of Boston

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