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Zamir Welcomes New Singers
Connecticut, Here We Come!
Celebrate Zamir's 40th!
Summer Roundup
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Sunday, June 6
8:00 pm
Sanders Theatre, Cambridge

An Evening of Jewish and Israeli Jazz
honoring devoted
board members
Alan Teperow and Suzanne Hanser
Peter and Nancy Finn

Sunday, March 14
4:00 pm

John Hancock Hall, Boston

Zamir joins Boston's Chorus Pro Musica and the New England Philharmonic Orchestra for a performance of Bloch's magnificent Sacred Service.

Sunday, March 21
Hebrew College School of Jewish Music
presents a
Jewish Choral Festival.
 Details to come!

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Dear Friend of Zamir,

Shanah tovah to you and your families! May this year bring you joy, health, and sweet harmony. We're in high gear for the fall season already, so get out your calendars and save the dates for our fabulous 40th-anniversary concerts and celebrations! 
Welcome to Our New Singers
We've increased our ranks by seven this year and are delighted to welcome Betty Bauman, David Burns, Abba Caspi, Ethan Goldberg, Rick Lawrence, Rachel Miller, and Heather Viola into the Zamir family. Their musicianship and spirit shone among the auditionees and we hope, to borrow from Humphrey Bogart, that this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Jacobson Appointed Acting Dean at HC's School of Jewish Music

After more than 15 years teaching part-time atJosh Jacobson conducts rehearsal Hebrew College, Professor Joshua Jacobson was recently named Acting Dean of the College's School of Jewish Music. The School of Jewish Music offers a variety of learning opportunities, both part-time and full-time, as well as public performances and lectures. The Cantorial School prepares men and women in a transdenominational setting for careers serving a variety of Jewish communities as cantors, teachers, performers, scholars and spiritual leaders. Prof. Jacobson will continue to conduct the choruses at Northeastern University.

Take the Challenge!
As with many arts organizations around the state and the country, Zamir has felt the hit during this economic downturn. To that end, we're stepping up our fundraising efforts so that we can keep Jewish choral music alive and well through our concerts, recordings, collaborations, and educational outreach efforts.
Here's the challenge: If we raise $15,000 by November 30, one of our very generous donors will contribute an additional $15,000 to the Zamir Chorale. If you've never donated to Zamir,
now is the time
. Any amount, small or large, is welcome. And for our many longtime supporters, we ask for your extra help this 40th-anniversary season. Thank you! 
On the Road Again...
For fans and supporters in the New York-Connecticut area, don't miss this chance to hear Zamir perform in your neighborhood! The concert (postponed from last year) is on Sunday, November 8, 3:00 pm, at Congregation Agudath Sholom, 301 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford, CT. Click here for details.

"Song Is the Pen of the Soul"

Speaking of neighbors, Hebrew College and the Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS), which share the hill on Herrick Road, are proud to present "Song Is the Pen of the Soul: An Interfaith Interchange," a special joint concert featuring the Zamir Chorale and the ANTS Choir, on Sunday, November 15, at 3:30 pm, Wilson Chapel, on the ANTS campus. For ticket information, contact Renee Tepper, 617-559-8622, rtepper@hebrewcollege.edu.

Hanukkah Happens XX

Josh Jacobson conducts rehearsalCelebrate the 20th annual Hanukkah Happens concert with Zamir's favorite selections from past seasons, as well as the premiere performances of two works commissioned for the occasion: Kodesh Hem, by noted composer Nick Page, and Hallel Shir V'Or, by 16-year-old composer Jeremiah Klarman. Thursday, December 24, 7:30 pm, at Temple Emanuel in Newton. For more information, contact Temple Emanuel.

Pictured: Jeremiah Klarman
December 5 Party to Honor
Susan Carp-Nesson and Awesome Alums

Susan Carp NessonSing, dance, and celebrate Zamir's four decades of music making! Our gala weekend begins with a party on Saturday, December 5, 8:00 to 11:30 pm, at Jewish Family and Children's Service in Waltham, featuring the popular Zaitchik Brothers Band. Our special honoree is Susan Carp-Nesson, alto extraordinaire and past Chorale president, now in her 37th year with the chorus.
We'll also be paying tribute to four virtuoso alumni representing Zamir's four decades: 1970s: Joni Schockett; 1980s: Heather Zacker; 1990s: Andrew Greene; and 2000s: Peter Squires. Watch your email for further details.

Open Sing, Sunday, December 6

On Sunday, December 6, 3:00 pm, Handelat Temple Reyim in Newton, Zamir hosts the fourth annual Open Sing. You've sung Messiah, now sing the dramatic choruses from Handel's other great oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus. Here's your chance to sit in with voices from the Zamir Chorale. Maestro Jacobson will also lead us in renditions of the best choral music for Hanukkah. Come sing, or come as a listener!

Tickets available at the door only: $10; $8 for seniors, students, and Greater Boston Choral Consortium members. Free admission for conductors and conducting students. Scores will be provided. Watch our website next month for more information.

Zamir is grateful to Phyllis and Michael z"l Hammer for underwriting the Open Sing. Partial funding is also provided by Choral Arts New England, which extends the mission of the Alfred Nash Patterson (ANP) Foundation, providing grants that support innovative programming, commissions, and improved management for choral organizations.
Zamir's Songfest in the Borscht Belt
On Sunday, July 12, the Zamir Chorale of Boston kicked off the festivities at the 20th annual North American Jewish Choral Festival in Kerhonkson, N.Y. Zamir's set got rave reviews, with highlights such as Marc Lavri's "Emek," and Yair Rosenblum's "Untaneh Tokef," featuring Gilbert Schiffer's stunning solo! After the big show, Zamir broke into song in the lobby, which spurred a Jewish choral jam session among hundreds of festival attendees from all over the country, including our friend from Washington, D.C., conductor Eleanor Epstein.

It's never too early to begin your holidayJosh Jacobson conducts rehearsal gift list. Be sure to visit our
website, where we offer a vast array of CDs and merchandise along with complete concert information.
As always, let us know what you're up to--we love hearing from our friends near and far. Wishing you all a Shanah Tovah--a Happy and Healthy New Year and Moadim L'Simcha!

Barbara Gaffin
Managing Director 
Deborah Sosin
Editor, E-Notes