Berkshire Jewish Music Festival presents
Shabbat Across the Berkshires
Friday, June 15, 7:30pm
Hevreh of Southern Berkshire
The Berkshire Jewish Music Festival will present a Shabbat evening service featuring old, new and rarely heard music from the Friday evening Jewish Liturgy. The service is free and open to all religious faiths, and will be held on Friday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Cantor Robert Scherr, the co-director of the Jewish Music Festival and a chaplain at Williams College, has collaborated with Andrea Goodman to bring this unique event to Berkshire residents of all religions as a showcase of the great traditions of synagogue music. Cantor Scherr will join the choir the Choir in presenting monumental of works by the great composers from the European school of music (Rossi, Sulzer, Weill and Lewandowski) and the American school (Benji-Ellen Schiller, Ernst Bloch, and Sol Zim).
Now in its eighth season, the Cantilena Chamber Choir is the Berkshire region’s leading a cappella group. Most recently the Choir appeared in a special presentation produced by WGBY TV in Springfield called “Together in Song,” a celebration of choral singing in Western New England. The Choir is a 2011 recipient of Choral Arts New England’s Alfred Nash Patterson award for its most recent concert “Music in the Berkshire Museum.”
The Cantilena Chamber Choir is under the artistic direction of Andrea Goodman who is also the Director of the Northern Berkshire Chorale in Williamstown and the Saratoga Choral Festival, an annual summer concert series for chorus and orchestra in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Enjoy this special celebration of Shabbat, adorned and illuminated with song!