GREAT CONTEMPORARY SONGWRITERS AND COMPOSERS OF JEWISH MUSIC FROM MID- LATE- 20TH CENTURY
Two musical lectures by Cantor Yehoshua Redfern
1) Sunday, December 6 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Velvel Pasternak: Famous Publisher of Jewish Musical Legacy
“BEHIND THE MUSIC: Stories, Anecdotes, Articles and Reflections” by Velvel Pasternak, Tara Publications, Cedarhurst, N.Y. 2017, 299 pages.
For all of us privileged to know and love Velvel Pasternak (and those two categories are inseparable), his book BEHIND THE MUSIC is an enthralling reading experience to be savored.
With humor, pathos, and vivid reflections, he provides us with an intimate glimpse into the world of authentic Hasidic music. This is a volume for both scholar and lay person, for both musicologist and niggun appreciator. It provides us not only with a treasure trove of information, but with the desire to listen with love and newfound appreciation to the melodies Velvel has devoted his life to both explicating and popularizing.
BEHIND THE MUSIC is guaranteed to leave you humming, singing and even dancing with thoughtful appreciation.
Professor Eli Schochet
Academy of Jewish Religion, Los Angeles
Cantor Ben Tsiyon Schenker: Famous Singer and Composer of Chassidic Melodies
Ben Zion Shenker was one of the most gifted and inspired composers of Hassidic niggunim and other related “operas” that became a feature of the Modzitzer dynasty’s tradition.
"Milken Archive of Jewish Music"
2) Sunday, December 13 from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Cantor Seymour Rockoff: Famous Cantor, Lyricist, Composer
Funny, Brilliant lyricist, and wonderful pianist and brilliant teacher of our Prayers, Torah and Talmud.
Cantor Sherwood Goffin: Famous Cantor, Composer, Entertainer
Cantor for over 50 years in one synagogue. Able to project a melody from another prayer or from the Bible, to a prayer in the K'dusha of Musaf where everyone in the congregation could sing and transform their spirit to our Jewish roots.
Cantor Redfern will give a lecture with highlights of each person's work and sing a few melodies from their compositions.
Connect via Zoom, either of two options:
1) Video and Audio on PC, tablet, or smartphone
Dial in to +1 646-558-8656 and input Meeting ID: 628 081 3362