New CD Recording of Cantorial Concert Celebrating 125th Anniversary of HUC-JIR

Monday, January 3, 2005

KOL SASSON v'KOL SIMCHAH - THE VOICE OF JOY AND THE VOICE OF GLADNESS 

CD-RECORDING OF CANTORIAL CONCERT CELEBRATING 125TH ANNIVERSARY OF HEBREW UNION COLLEGE-JEWISH INSTITUTE OF RELIGION AND HONORING RABBI GUNTER HIRSCHBERG, Z"L, AT CONGREGATION RODEPH SHOLOM IN NEW YORK CITY 

CD AVAILABLE FOR $15 CONTRIBUTION TO SACRED MUSIC PRESS AT HUC-JIR 

Celebrated cantors join faculty and students from the School of Sacred Music (SSM) at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in a just released CD-recording of the live concert celebrating HUC-JIR's 125th anniversary, which took place at Congregation Rodeph Sholom on April 26, 2001. This concert was presented in conjunction with Congregation Rodeph Sholom's annual Rabbi Gunter Hirschberg Memorial Concert. 

The recording features a broad range of repertoire composed by the renowned masters of Jewish liturgical, folk, and art music and performed in in Hebrew,Yiddish, and English: 

S'u Sh'arim by Louis Lewandowski

Hinei Ma Tov by Salomon Sulzer

Ahavat Olam by Max Helman

Break Forth Into Joy by Robert Starer

Chasdei Hashem by Israel Alter, arranged by Israel Goldstein

B'tziet Yisrael by Zeidel Rovner, arranged by Morrish Barash

Yihiyu L'ratson by Benjie Ellen Schiller

Psalm 98 by Yehezkiel Braun

Chatsi Kaddish (Celebration) by Jack Gottlieb

Av Harachamim by Joseph Brody, arranged by Abraham Salkov

Zog Zhe Rebenyu (Folk), arranged by Potoker and Zeitlin

Sim Shalom by Michael Isaacson

Shalom Rav by Simon Sargon

Ana Halach Dodeich (Folk), arranged by Stephen Richards

Shir Ha-emek by by Mark Lavry, arranged Abraham Wolf Binder

Kol Haneshamah by Bonia Shur

Pitchu Li by Robert Solomon, arranged by Joshua Jacobson 

Performing these works are Cantors Rebecca Garfein, Mikhal Shiff-Matter, Jennifer Frost, Jacob Mendelson, Israel Goldstein, Benjie Ellen Schiller, Richard Botton, Debra Stein, Faith Steinsnyder, David Lefkowitz, Sharon Kohn, Robert Abelson, Martha Novick, Andrew Edison, Samuel Radwine, Ellen Dreskin, and Merri Lovinger. They are accompanied by the School of Sacred Music Choir, comprised of 31 cantorial students, with Joyce Rosenzweig as conductor and pianist and Beth Robin as pianist. 

This concert celebrated HUC-JIR's 125 years of achievement as the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. It also paid tribute to Rabbi Hirschberg, of blessed memory, for his special love of the arts, his ability to encourage others to pursue their talents, and his dedicated service to Congregation Rodeph Sholom, where he served as Cantor from 1952 until he was ordained a rabbi at HUC-JIR/New York in 1963, and then as Senior Rabbi until his death in 1989. 

This concert and recording were made possible through the generous support of The Max and Florence Minsky Music Fund, established in 1994 by Florence Minsky Goldstein in memory of her beloved husband, Max Minsky, and by the 125th Anniversary Concert sponsors and donors to the School of Sacred Music's 50th Anniversary. 

The CD is available for a contribution of $15 to the Sacred Music Press. Please send your check payable to the Sacred Music Press to: 

Sacred Music Press -- attention Jocelyn Nixon 
HUC-JIR 
One West 4th Street 
New York, NY 10012 

For more information about HUC-JIR's School of Sacred Music, please visit our website at: huc.edu/academics/degree-programs/become-cantor


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu