Hallel v’Zimrah, A Musical Hanukkah Celebration Featuring the Music of Raymond Goldstein

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Hanukkah Cantata - Raymond Goldstein


Featuring Cantor Azi Schwartz, Cantor Shira Lissek, and Guest Cantor Gideon Zelermyer (Shaar Hashomayim, Montreal), together with the H.L. Miller Cantorial School (JTS) Chorus, conducted by Cantor David F. Tilman; Choir of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR, conducted by Joyce Rosenzweig; PAS Youth Choir; PAS Congregational Singers, conducted by Cantor Ben Ellerin; and the PAS Sanctuary Choir; accompanied by Pedro d'Aquino, Elizabeth Rodgers,  Colin Fowler and the PAS Chamber Ensemble.

Reception to follow.

Cost: $18/members; $36/nonmembers; free for under 18 and for students with a valid ID.

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Raymond Goldstein was born in 1953 in Cape Town and completed his musical studies there. Since 1978 he has been on the faculty of the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance specializing in opera. He also holds the post of arranger/composer and associate conductor of the Jerusalem Great Synagogue Choir. In 1991 Goldstein was appointed senior teacher at the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute.

As a musical director/accompanist, he frequently appears on stage, radio and television in Israel and has undertaken concert tours in Australia, the U.S. and Western Europe. He has made professional recordings with international cantors and singers, and his name appears on more than 200 CDs, cassette tapes and DVDs as accompanist and/or arranger. Many of the musical arrangements sung on the Park Avenue Synagogue bimah are by Raymond Goldstein. His compositions include a chamber opera, two cantatas, a concert Kabbalat Shabbat service, orchestrations, works for chamber ensemble, and more than 2000 arrangements, both sacred and secular.

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Cantor Gideon Yechiel Zelermyer is known for his glorious lyric tenor voice, impeccable musical taste and a cantorial style that blends the best of the traditional with the modern. Gideon studied at the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute with Cantor Naftali Herstik, Chief Cantor Emeritus of the Jerusalem Great Synagogue, and did advanced studies with Raymond Goldstein and Cantor Chaim Feifel. During this time, Cantor Zelermyer often officiated at Shabbat and Festival services at the Jerusalem Great Synagogue and made frequent appearances as a soloist with the Jerusalem Great Synagogue Choir.

In 2004, Gideon became the Cantor of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal. He was the featured soloist in Shaar Hashomayim's 160th Anniversary Concert with symphony orchestra and chorus in 2006 and the congregation's Israel @ 60 Celebration in 2008. Gideon's considerable knowledge of opera and his close connection with the Tucker family led to the spectacular multi-media event, "A Concert in Tribute to Richard Tucker" in 2010. Cantor Zelermyer and the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir recently released the newest instalment of their highly acclaimed recording series: "The Music of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim: Volume 3 – The High Holy Day Experience."

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Hazzan David F. Tilman is Associate Professor at the Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary. He also serves as choral director of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, as Hazzan in Residence at Ramah Darom for Pesah, and as conductor of the Delaware Valley Cantors Assembly Regional Ensemble. Hazzan Tilman is Hazzan Emeritus of Beth Sholom Congregation of Elkins Park, where he served for 36 years. At Beth Sholom, his choirs toured Israel 3 times, as well as in Eastern Europe and Havana. Hazzan Tilman is a graduate of Columbia College, the Miller Cantorial School, and the Juilliard School, where he received his Masters in Choral Conducting. 

In May 2014, Hazzan Tilman and the student choruses from the H.L.Miller and Debbie Friedman Cantorial Schools, of JTS and HUC-JIR respectively, presented the world premiere of HALLEL, the Guild of Temple Musicians award winning composition by Michael Summa, a student at the Rabbinical School of JTS.

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Pianist/conductor Joyce Rosenzweig performs frequently in concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Israel. A native of Houston, she studied piano performance at Oberlin Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and Indiana University, choral conducting at Westminster Choir College, and art song and chamber music at institutions in North America and Europe. She has collaborated in recital and appeared as guest soloist with ensembles from the New York Philharmonic and other orchestras. She has performed in all of the major concert halls of New York and was responsible for commissioning over one hundred new compositions, and premiered them in concerts throughout the US with the Fiati Chamber Players. She has performed in recitals throughout North America under the sponsorship of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

A leading figure in Jewish music, Joyce is a sought-after accompanist, conductor, master class presenter, lecturer, coach, arranger, and authority on Jewish art and synagogue music. She has collaborated in concert with most of the cantors of this generation. A dedicated educator of cantors and synagogue musicians, Ms. Rosenzweig has served for more than three decades on the faculty of Hebrew Union College - Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, where she holds the title of Artist-in-Residence. She has been an adjunct professor and the Lippitz Mentor in the Sacred Arts at JTS since 2004. She has also served as Music Director of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah in Manhattan since 1994, where she conducts a 40-person volunteer choir and has created one of the most dynamic and emulated Shabbat and High Holiday worship experiences today.