Compositions by composer Bonia Shur, Director of Liturgical Arts Emeritus at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, were performed by Cincinnati BoyChoir for the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Convention at Duke Energy Convention Center. Shur received a standing ovation for the multicultural “Amen-Oseh Shalom,” a song interweaving the famous gospel song “Amen,” with the Hebrew words Oseh Shalom (Maker of Peace). Also sung were "Come Join Me in My Dance" and "Digi, Digi," two rhythmically buoyant compositions. These works will be performed by the Cincinnati BoyChoir at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.
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