Yizkor: Music of Memory and Tribute
In the Jewish consciousness, we are aware of personal losses on a local scale, and of a collective obligation to remember, to mourn together. Whether thinking of someone who has departed naturally after a long and full life, or those who perished in a shared tragedy like the Shoah, we turn to music at these times. We harness the powers of music to soothe, to feel grief intensely, and to recall past times and people with lasting affection.
Be the Light is a musical call to action in the wake of this country’s social, political, and environmental unrest. As we collectively look for ways to highlight common bonds instead of personal differences, we are charged with the purpose to “be the light” in a time of darkness. This event marks the official release of Cantor Azi Schwartz and Grammy winner Israel Houghton’s cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Listen to Be the Light today! See below for links to stream Be the Light on all your favorite platforms.
Music to Your Ears
From generation to generation we celebrate our past and invest in the future through music. The Music Center is proud to continue the synagogue’s long tradition of commissioning liturgical works by inviting accomplished composers to write for our services. Most of the pieces on these albums were composed in recent years.
Our worship evolves with new liturgical settings that accommodate the musical sensibilities of our generation. From innovative instrumentations to a novel pace, from using Sephardi expressions to singing prayers in English, we build on our heritage and draw meaning from it.
Shapiro AUDIO ARCHIVES
The Rita and George M. Shapiro Audio Archive is a repository of recordings of religious services, lectures, and concerts that took place in Park Avenue Synagogue’s historic sanctuary between 1954 and 2004.
“Close your eyes and listen. Better yet, open your mouth and sing. Let our cantors uplift, comfort, and soothe your soul in worship. Music will open the door to your heritage and extend a bridge to your future.”Cantor Azi Schwartz