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Fall Auditions for
All Vocal Parts  
If you are an experienced singer with a strong choral background, consider joining the Zamir Chorale of Boston. All voice parts welcome, especially tenors!

Auditions for the 2012-13 season will be held:                            
Sunday, October 14 (by appointment only), 7:00-9:30 pm, Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre   

Prospective members will attend Open Rehearsals: Thursday, October 4; and Thursday, October 11.

Regular rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 7:15 to 10:00 pm. Additional details are posted on the Zamir website.

To schedule an audition, contact [email protected]. 
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Zamir Chorale of Boston's

From Boston to Berlin performance at Slosberg Hall, Brandeis University, 

June 2012!   

Sim Shalom, From Boston to Berlin, Brandeis University's Slosberg Hall, June, 2012
"Sim Shalom," sung by
 Joel Caplan
Kiddush sung by Louise Treitman
"Kiddush," sung by
Louise Treitman

"Mahnung," sung by
Naomi Gurt Lind
Mah Tovu-Enosh-Halleluyoh
"Mah Tovu-Enosh-Halleluyoh"
The Twenty-Third Psalm
"The Twenty-Third Psalm"

Alumni News and 


The Zamir Alumni Relations Committee (ZARC), chaired by Alan Teperow and Bruce Creditor, is planning a Boston-area alumni gathering as an opportunity to sing some of Zamir's oldies and to reconnect; watch your email for details. We also hope to continue our NY/NJ alumni gatherings and are eager to work with other regional groups in developing a Zamir alumni presence in your area.

If you'd like to join our efforts--via occasional conference calls to set policy and programming--just let Tep know at [email protected].


And don't forget to send your personal and professional updates (simchas, achievements, condolences) to alumna Ronda Jacobson for inclusion in "Zamilestones."

Ronda Jacobson selling Zamir CDs
Alumna Ronda Jacobson selling CDs at Zamir concert

 FALL 2012  

Dear Friends of Zamir,


Shanah Tovah! We're kicking off another exciting season of concerts, so get out your phones, iPads, or appointment books, and put Zamir on your calendars. Auditions are coming soon--see the schedule in the Sidebar. And in this issue, Artistic Director Joshua Jacobson expounds on the nature of rye bread, King David, and Honegger. You'll see.

Josh Jacobson
Joshua Jacobson photo by Arlen Flax
In each issue of E-Notes, Artistic Director Joshua Jacobson offers his unique insights and experiences as a world-renowned scholar, composer, conductor, and influential teacher of Jewish music.

Remember the ad for Levy's rye bread? One of them featured a Native American biting into a deli sandwich, and the caption read: "You don't have to be Jewish to love Levy's real Jewish Rye." But do you have to be Jewish to compose Jewish music? Max Bruch wrote a Kol Nidre. Sergei Prokofiev wrote an Overture on Hebrew Themes. John Williams wrote a stirring score for the film Schindler's List. 


Levy's ad For more than 40 years, Zamir has been performing several of the great heroic oratorios by George F. Handel based on the stories of the Hebrew Bible: Judas Maccabaeus, Saul, Israel in Egypt. This December, we will present another dramatic work about a hero from ancient Israel, King David, in a stunning musical composition by French composer Arthur Honegger (1892-1955). Honegger composed Le Roi David based on music he had written in 1921 for a stage play by Ren´┐Ż Morax, based on the biblical accounts of the turbulent life of King David. The composer and librettist then adapted the play for concert performance, with the chamber orchestra setting the scenes, while the dialogue and the action were assigned to the chorus, several soloists, and a narrator. And what a story it is! 


We first encounter the young David as a shepherd boy, composing sacred songs to his God, while tending the sheep. Then we see his rapid rise to prominence, secretly anointed by Samuel to be the next king of Israel, slaying the giant Goliath, harpist/therapist to King Saul. The Life of David by Pinsky Then David on the run, escaping the jealousy of the king, his friendship with the king's son and marriage to the king's daughter. King Saul's mental illness and his visit to the seeress, the Witch of Endor, the death of Saul, and the coronation of David, and the new king's incredible military successes and alliances with neighboring kingdoms. 


The story also includes the dark side of King David: his affair with Bathsheba, the death of their baby conceived out of wedlock, the sons who revolt against their father but who ultimately fall in battle. The tale ends with the death of King David and the coronation of his youngest son, Solomon. Honegger depicts the story with his extraordinary musical palette: serene psalmody, rousing battle music, majestic coronation fanfares, a spooky soundscape for the Witch of Endor, and much more. 


Don't miss our performance December 24 at Temple Emanuel in Newton. See details below. And if you want to read more about the fabled life of King David, you can find it in 2Samuel, 1Kings, Chronicles, and, of course, the Psalms. I heartily recommend Robert Pinsky's insightful The Life of David, and Joseph Heller's hilarious and outrageous take on the David story, God Knows

Rocky Mountain High Notes


In July, Josh Jacobson was in Denver, Colorado,

JJ with composer Ken Lampl
Josh with composer Ken Lampl

as the headlining clinician at the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) summer conference. He taught a session on "Performance Practice in the Music of Salamone Rossi" and conducted the honors choir in a program featuring four centuries of Jewish music. The program included Kenneth Lampl's lush setting of "Adon Olam." Lampl, who had flown from New Jersey to Denver to attend the performance, was collared by Josh to join the tenor section. Ken quipped that it was the first time he had ever sung his own music. Before the conference, Jacobson did a workshop with the Colorado Hebrew Chorale, conducted

JJ with Carol Ward
Josh with Colorado Hebrew Chorale conductor Carol Kozak Ward

by Carol Kozak Ward. Singing in the CHC was Zamir alumna Barbara Zimmerman. In nearby Aspen, Josh and his wife Ronda looked up Zamir alumna Rollin Simmons, who is now the cantor at the Aspen Jewish Congregation, where she co-officiates with her husband Rabbi David Segal.


Josh conducting Colorado Jewish Chorale
Josh conducts Colorado Hebrew Chorale 

Sunday, October 28, 3:00-4:00 pm:Zing flier ZING! An Interactive Children's Concert, at Temple Reyim, 1860 Washington St., Newton, in partnership with Hebrew College: Free kazoos for all kids! This one-hour musical experience will entertain children, ages 3 to10, and their families. They'll learn about call-and-response singing, rounds, and harmony. Sopranos will demonstrate just how high they can sing. ZING! is made possible by the Garber Family, who will commemorate the tenth yahrzeit in October of Lou Garber z"l, an enthusiastic devotee of Jewish music and co-founder of Zamir in 1969 with Josh Jacobson. Admission is free. For more details, visit zamir.org


Sunday, December 2, 4:00 pm: Congregation Mishkan Tefila, 300 Hammond Pond Parkway, Chestnut Hill. In conjunction with LimmudBoston, Zamir's annual Open Sing returns with music of Israeli songwriters and composers, in addition to favorite choruses from Handel's Judas Maccabaeus. Watch your email for ticket information. 


Monday, December 24, 7:30 pm: Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street, Newton. Don't miss Hanukkah Happens XXIII. This year Zamir performs Arthur Honegger's oratorio Le Roi David, featuring Cantor Elias Rosemberg; Cantor Lynn Torgove, stage director (and in the role of the witch); and Prof. Barbara Grossman in the role of narrator; Amy Lieberman will guest conduct. Ticket information will be available in November at Temple Emanuel.




Touch the Dream: A Musical Tribute to Israel at 65

Thursday, June 6, 2013, 7:30 pm 

Temple Beth Elohim, 10 Bethel Road, Wellesley 

A pops-style concert honoring Rav-Hazzan Scott Sokol

Berkshire Melodies 


On August 19, Zamir performed at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, Mass., in the heart of the Berkshire mountains. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, a capacity crowd enjoyed a medley of tunes, including liturgical masterpieces, jazz, Israeli folk songs, and a selection of music from the Berlin tour repertoire. The hills were most definitely alive--with the best of Jewish choral music!


As always, let us know what you're up to--we love hearing from our friends near and far. May this year be filled with joy and music for you and your loved ones.

Barbara Gaffin 

Managing Director


Deborah Sosin

Editor, E-Notes