Thursday, April 14, 2016
Last week HaZamir, the International Jewish High School Choir performed its annual Gala Concert in Carnegie Hall. We missed it this year because of a prior commitment, but attended last year's performance in Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.
Thanks to the internet and YouTube, we were able to enjoy a few of the selections from this year's concert, and we're sharing them with you below. With Pesach coming just a few weeks after the concert, HaZamir included a rendition of V'Hi She'Amda, a highlight from the Haggadah. You'll find the video below, along with their anthem, HaZamir.
We try to keep up with this fabulous group of almost 400 singers from high schools in cities all over the USA and Israel. There are chapters in 25 US cities and in six Israeli cities. The singers rehearse in their own cities and don't get together until the weekend of the concert when they gather in a Catskills hotel to rehearse as a complete choir.
The annual concert includes music from both the U.S.and Israel including settings of traditional and more contemporary texts. The program displays the high caliber and variety of Jewish music available in the 21st century and also demonstrates the commitment and discipline of the singers, who master a demanding repertoire and learn about their heritage in the process. The concert boasts a dazzling array of choral arrangements - from soaring, large-scale works sung by the entire choir, to smaller ensembles, to demanding solos, all of which seamlessly blend singers from the different chapters, along with over sixty alumni.
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO IS NOT VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)
The International High School Choir Sings Their Anthem, HaZamir
HaZamir Sings V'Hi She'Amda From the Passover Haggadah