Cantor Bruce Ruben Performs Jason Robert Brown's "Twenty-Six Names"

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Musical theatre composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown (pictured, right) (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World, "13", Honeymoon in Vegas) posted the song Twenty-Six Names on his website - a tribute to the 26 lost in Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Cantor Bruce Ruben, Director, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, had the honor of singing a performance of the piece at a Memorial service on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at HUC-JIR/New York.

Cantor Ruben notes, "This, my friends, is what the power of music is about. We remember each student and teacher with love. Jason’s piece is heartfelt and perfect."

Twenty-Six Names
Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeleine F. Hsu, 6
Catherine V. Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi,6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison N. Wyatt, 6
Rachel Davino, 29
Dawn Hochsprung, 47
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Lauren Rosseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27

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