Recent Musical Releases from Cantor Sheldon Merel (HUC-JIR/NY ’52)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cantor Sheldon Merel (HUC-JIR/NY ’52) recently released his second CD, Chants of a Lifetime from Synagogue to Opera, including classical Shabbat and High Holy Day liturgical music, a song by Rabbi Levi Yitzchok (sung in Yiddish) about his 19th century controversy with God, and the dramatic aria from the opera, La Juive, about the Spanish Inquisition in 18th-century Italy.  All of the selections were recorded live, in concert or services.  Congregation Beth Israel of San Diego, where he has served as Cantor and now Emeritus for 31 years, is sharing the CD as part of the congregation’s 150th anniversary celebration.  Cantor Merel’s version of Hashkiveynu by Max Janowski will be included on Transcontinental Music's forthcoming compilation album, Koleinu 2. 

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