Prominent Scholars Meet in Cincinnati for HUC-UC Ethics Center, the Catacoustic Consort and The College Conservatory of Music's "Lamentations: Music, Text and Interpretation"

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Hebrew Union College-University of Cincinnati Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems (HUC-UC Ethics Center), the Catacoustic Consort, and the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati will hold a workshop and performance on Thursday, February 21, 2008, at 3:00 PM in the Scheuer Chapel on the campus of HUC-JIR. 

"Lamentations: Music, Text and Interpretations" will offer Jewish and Catholic approaches to liturgy in general, and Lamentations in particular. The workshop will feature Catholic and Jewish experts in liturgy, as well as scholars of biblical commentary and music history. Scholars include: Jason Kalman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Classical Hebrew Literature and Interpretation at HUC-JIR; Steven Plank, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Musicology at Oberlin College; Rabbi Richard Sarason, Ph.D., Professor of Rabbinic Literature and Thought at HUC-JIR, and Sr. Joyce Zimmerman Ph.D., Founding Director of the Institute of Liturgical Ministry in Dayton, Ohio. The performance will be a presentation of the rare and exciting world-class early music of the Leçons des Ténèbres (Lamentations of Jeremiah) by François Couperin. The Baroque style piece will be performed by the Catacoustic Consort, as part of their 2007-2008 season. 

Additional support for this program comes from the Ohio Humanities Council and the Tangeman Sacred Music Center. The event is free and open to the public; however, reservations are required. To register and for additional information, contact the HUC-UC Ethics Center at 513-487-3067 or email

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first 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.