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If you are an experienced singer with a strong choral background, consider joining the Zamir Chorale of Boston! All voice parts welcome. Auditions for the 2009-10 season will be held on Thursday evening, September 24, at Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 7:15 to 10:00 pm. Prospective members will attend Open Rehearsals on September 8, 15, and 22. To schedule an audition, contact manager@zamir.org.
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Dear Friend of Zamir,

Greetings! Even in uncertain times, when we are challenged by the forces of nature and technology, the economy and world politics, sharing in the joy of music--and the special joy of Jewish music--keeps us connected and hopeful. As we gear up for our 40th year, we look back on a successful season of music making and look forward to a relaxing summer before launching into our 2009-10 season.
Zamir Returns to the NAJCF July 12
On Sunday, July 12, 9 pm JST (Jewish Standard Time), Zamir will help kick off the festivities on opening night of the 20th Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in Kerhonkson, NY. Congratulations to Mati Lazar and the Zamir Choral Foundation on two decades of bringing Jewish choral music to musicians from all over the United States. For more information, go to www.zamirfdn.org
Zamir Receives Grant for Open Sing
Hallelujah, Amen! Zamir was awarded a $1,000 grant from Choral Arts New England for our Open Sing of Handel's Josh Jacobson conducts rehearsalJudas Maccabaeus on December 6 (see more info below). Choral Arts New England extends the mission of the Alfred Nash Patterson (ANP) Foundation, providing grants that support innovative programming, commissions, and improved management for choral organizations. Alfred Nash Patterson grants have been awarded continuously since 1985. 
Jacobson Co-Authors New Book on
Hebrew Texts in Choral Repertoire
Is it "Barechu" or "Borechu"? "Pitchu Li" or "Pischu Li"? And what is the meaning behind the words? Now there's a book that all singers and conductors of Jewish choral music Josh Jacobson conducts rehearsalwill want in their collection. Translations and Annotations of Choral Repertoire: Volume IV, Hebrew Texts, by Joshua Jacobson and Ethan Nash is now available as part of the One World, Many Voices series offered by Earthsongs Publishers. From "Adon Olam" to "Yism'chu," from a discussion of Ashkenazic versus Sephardic to an analysis of Bloch's Avodath Hakodesh, this comprehensive guide covers everything you ever wanted to know about Hebrew texts in the choral literature. Check it out at earthsongschoralmusic.com.
Maestro Jacobson Promotes Jewish Choral Music at National Conference
On June 11, Artistic Director Joshua Jacobson presented a workshop at the annual conference of ChorusJosh Jacobson America, held in Philadelphia. Jacobson's session introduced conductors from all across America to the surprising breadth and depth of choral music from Jewish traditions. Among the points he emphasized:  
  • You don't have to be Jewish to love Jewish music.
  • December isn't the only month to program Jewish music.
  • Tokenism is sometimes worse than neglect.
  • "Good Jewish choral music" is not an oxymoron.
Devoted Zamirniks have known these truths for a long time, and we're thrilled to spread the word!
It's Zamir's 40th anniversary! Our gala weekend begins with a party on Saturday night, December 5, at Jewish Family & Children's Services in Waltham, featuring the popular Zaitchik Brothers Band. Zaitchik BrothersCome sing, dance, and celebrate the extraordinary contributions of four virtuoso alumni representing Zamir's four decades: 1970s: Joni Schockett; 1980s: Heather Zacker; 1990s: Andrew Greene; and 2000s: Peter Squires.

On Sunday, December 6, the festivities continue at Temple Reyim in Newton at our Alumni Luncheon, when Zamir honors Susan Carp-Nesson, who just completed her 36th year with the chorus. And of course you'll want to stick around for our fourth annual Open Sing, featuring beloved excerpts from Handel's magnificent oratorio Judas Maccabaeus, and the best choral music for Chanukah, selected by Maestro Jacobson. You won't want to miss this exciting weekend, so mark your calendars now and stay tuned for details!
Pictured: Zaitchik Brothers Band
Hebrew College's Choirs Fill the Fenway Center
The Zamir Chorale teamed up with Hebrew College's three other choirs-in-residence for a splendid concert of Jewish choral music at the Fenway Center on the campus of Northeastern University on May 17. The program included Josh Jacobson conducts rehearsalsets by Koleinu, Boston's Jewish Community Chorus,directed by Carol Marton; Shir Tzion, featuring students and faculty from the College's Jewish Music Cantorial School, directed by Cantor Charles Osborne; and Kol Rinah, the youth choir of the Prozdor High School, directed by Zamir tenor Avi Wolf. Zamir also premiered Cantor Osborne's "For Jody," a lyrical setting for women's voices of Psalm 150, commissioned by the choir in memory of our dear friend, soprano Jody Weixelbaum. The combined choirs--more than 100 singers--filled the stage for the grand finale, ending with Nick Page's rousing "L'Eyla."
Jazzin' (and Howlin') It Up at the Newbergers 
Zamir just can't get enough of the Jazz Tuber Trio.Josh Jacobson conducts rehearsal The groups reunited for a donor appreciation evening at the magnificent Brookline home of Eli and Carolyn Newberger on May 18. World-renowned artists Eli Newberger, tuba; Jimmy Mazzy, banjo; and Ted Casher, clarinet and sax, jammed with the Zamir Chamber Chorus with hits from the jazz era, including tunes by George Gershwin and Ziggy Elman. Zamir also entertained the audience with Yiddish jazz from the 1930s and contemporary vocal jazz from Israel.

Some unexpected accompaniment from the Newbergers' dog Josh Jacobson conducts rehearsalBibi added to the merriment. According to Eli, Bibi, a male Coton de Tulear, is the lead singer, a tenor. His sister, Cici, who took the night off, sings soprano. Thanks, Carolyn and Eli and the band, for another fabulous night of ruff-ruff-ruach and music making.


Cape Cod's Jewish Community Welcomes Zamir
Cape Cod's thriving Jewish community turned out for Zamir's end-of-year performance at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, which boasts a fine concert hall Cape Codand lovely art gallery. Hosted by the Jewish Federation of Cape Cod in celebration of its 18th anniversary, Zamir's performance included a smorgasbord of selections from the classical, contemporary, liturgical, jazz, and pop repertoire. The group was accompanied by Edwin Swanborn, piano; Bruce Creditor, clarinet; and Taki Masuko, percussion. Dr. Jules Rosenberg served as guest soloist in movements from Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Cantor Bruce Malin joined the chorus for Weiner's "A Nign." 
"Tep" Walks for Music
While Josh Jacobson and the Chorale took to the highway Josh Jacobson conducts rehearsalfor the May 31 Cape concert, our trusty Board Co-Chairman and Chair of the Alumni Relations Committee, Alan "Tep" Teperow, was, literally, pounding the pavement on behalf of Zamir. Tep participated in Boston's Walk for Music, Tepraising over $1,200 for Zamir. This community fundraiser supports all types of music programs in Greater Boston, with 100 percent of the proceeds going straight to each organization. Thank you for your donations to keep music alive in our community!

Pictured: Alan "Tep" Teperow
16-Year-Old Composer Jeremiah Klarman Shines at Soiree
A spirited group of supporters of the Zamir Chorale braved a rainy night to attend a fundraising soiree at the gorgeous 1789 Victorian home of Marc and Michelle Gary in Newton on June 9. The Zamir Chamber Chorus performed a lively set, but the evening's spotlight belonged to 16-year-old composer Jeremiah Klarman, when the choir presented his works "God of Love" and "Rom'mu" to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience.   

Josh Jacobson conducts rehearsalA sophomore at Gann Academy, Jeremiah studies
composition with Rodney Lister at New England Conservatory of Music. His first composition was "The Sparrow Dance," written for the piano when he was six. Jeremiah has had his own composition recitals at the NEC Preparatory School and has performed original compositions at the Rivers Conservatory Music School's Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young.
Many thanks to the Garys (who were celebrating their 32nd wedding anniversary) and to all of Jacobson and Garysour donors who bid on silent auction items and helped to make the event a rousing success! 
Pictured above (l-r):
Seth Klarman, Josh Jacobson, Jeremiah Klarman, Beth Klarman

Pictured right (l-r):
Josh Jacobson, Michelle Gary, Marc Gary
Photos by Mickey Goldin 
As always, 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.
Barbara Gaffin
Managing Director 
Deborah Sosin
Editor, E-Notes