Wednesday, March 25, 2015
If you weren't seated in Avery Fisher Hall in New York's Lincoln Center last Sunday, you really missed something big.
For two hours, 350 teenagers from 26 chapters of HaZamir Jewish High School Choir across the United States and in five cities in Israel gave a stunning performance to a packed house, singing 20 traditional and contemporary songs in Hebrew, English, and Yiddish.
HaZamir, the International Jewish High School Choir, is an international network of choral chapters for Jewish teens. Local HaZamir chapters meet weekly in cities across America and Israel to rehearse and perform Jewish choral music.
HaZamir provides Jewish teenagers the unique opportunity to sing at the highest performance level, build pluralistic community, and create strong Israel-Diaspora relations in the next generation.
Each local HaZamir chapter is directed by a talented conductor whose devotion to the highest standard of Jewish music-making helps to inspire the next generation of Jewish choral singers.
In this excerpt from the performance, filmed at a rehearsal, Dr. Marsha Bryan Edelman of HaZamir Philadelphia conducts the choir in her arrangement of Ahinoam Nini's song Mishaela, accompanied by Lior Ben-Shlush of HaZamir Kfar Saba at the piano.
Just below is another video of the same choir two years ago performing David Burger's Tefila l'shlom Eretz Yisrael - the prayer for the State of Israel that is said in many synagogues on Shabbat.
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