Bonia Shur's Hallel Psalms to be performed at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati — Wednesday, April 18 at 10:40 am

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

In honor of the new month of Iyar, soloists, vocal instrumental ensemble, narrator, and students of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) will perform The Hallel Psalms, composed by Bonia Shur. The community is invited to attend. 

On Wednesday, April 18, at 10:40 A.M. in the S. H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel on the HUC-JIR campus, you will be transported into an exalted, mesmerizing masterpiece, first performed in 1975 at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. The Hallel Psalms, in the traditional liturgy, are sung every month to greet the new moon, and on Passover, Sukkot, and Hanukkah. This composition by Mr. Shur has transformed a liturgical tradition into a chilling tribal rhythmic contagious celebration. 

This 32nd annual event will be performed by Cantor Yvon Shore, Director of Liturgical Arts at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Javier Catapan, soloist, the vocal instrumental ensemble of HUC-JIR and CCM students, and Dr. Richard Sarason as narrator. The event is free and open to the public. 

Bonia Shur's Hallel Psalms premiered in San Francisco at the Cantorial Convention in 1975, in Dallas, Texas, at the annual convention of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now the Union for Reform Judaism) in 1975, and in Jerusalem in 1976. Bonia Shur is a major force in the Reform Jewish movement in North America. In 1974 he was appointed director of Liturgical Arts at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, where he has taught generations of rabbinical students. In addition to his vast liturgical repertoire-over 250 of his published compositions are in use in synagogues throughout the country and abroad-he has written for film, television, and theater. Mr. Shur's music is vibrant, dynamic, and highly individual. 

For additional information about the Hallel Psalms presentation, contact Ina Remus at HUC-JIR at 513-487-3030. The program will take place on campus at 3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio. 


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