For a PDF version of this press release, click here.
Join the @KimmelCenter on 2/20 for an evening of beautiful music celebrating the arrival of Jewish people in America, featuring singers from across the Delaware Valley! More info @KimmelCenter.org
Lauren Woodard Rachel Goldman
THE SECOND ANNUAL SING HALLELUJAH!
RETURNS TO VERIZON HALL WITH LOCAL SYNAGOGUE CHOIRS AS
THEY PERFORM AMERICAN-JEWISH MUSIC
LED BY CANTOR DAVID F. TILMAN
FEBRUARY 20, 2019
Special guest Cantor Alberto Mizrahi of Congregation Anshe Emet in Chicago, IL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, December 17, 2018) – After a groundbreaking premiere performance last season, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts welcomes back Cantor David F. Tilman as he leads a back-by-popular-demand evening of Jewish music in Sing Hallelujah! in Verizon Hall on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. This year, upwards of 125 choristers will perform music that celebrates the arrival of the Jewish people in America and how their music was changed by the harmonies, rhythms, colors, and emotions of a new home. Cantor Alberto Mizrahi will join Sing Hallelujah! as special guest from Congregation Anshe Emet in Chicago.
“We are thrilled to have harmonious music fill Verizon Hall as we welcome the talented choirs of local synagogues in this anticipated return of Sing Hallelujah,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “This year’s performance will showcase both returning and new members of the community, as they share their beautiful voices in an evening dedicated to Jewish music and religious tolerance and respect.”
Sing Hallelujah will be led by music director and conductor Cantor David F. Tilman. Cantor Tilman, a graduate of Columbia College, Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Juilliard School, is Cantor Emeritus of Beth Sholom Congregation and choir director of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel of Elkins Park. This year’s participant choirs include the Adult Choir of Congregation Rodeph Shalom led by Cantor Erin Frankel; Adult Choir of Main Line Reform Temple led by Cantor Faryn Rudnick and Andrew Heller; Beth Israel Choir led by Robin Kerollis Napiecek; Choir of Congregation M’kor Shalom, Cherry Hill, New Jersey led by Rhoda Harrison; Cantors Assembly of the Delaware Valley and Choirs of the Old York Road Kehillah Jewish Community led by Cantor David F. Tilman; Makhelat Beth Sholom, Cherry Hill, NJ, led by Cantor Jen Cohen and Robert A.M. Ross; and Sharim V’Sharot: People of Song led by Dr. Elayne Robinson Grossman.
Born in Greece to a Sephardi family that emigrated soon afterward to the United States, Cantor Alberto Mizrahi has distinguished himself as an exponent of the Ashkenazi cantorial tradition. He is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Cantors Institute (now the H. L. Miller Cantorial School), where he studied with Hazzan David Kusevitsky as well as with numerous other leading figures in Jewish music. After firmly establishing an international reputation, he became a protégé of the legendary cantor Moshe Ganchoff, from whom he received much of the transmitted tradition. Cantor Mizrahi has appeared as guest cantor throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel—in synagogue services as well as in cantorial programs. His extensive list of appearances includes a concert at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington; Auschwitz liberation commemorations in Hanover and Hamburg; and festivals in Kraków and Vilnius. In 1990, in London, he made his Royal Festival Hall debut in Voice of Jewish Russia; and at the 2002 Spitalfields Festival in London’s Christ Church, Spitalfields, he appeared with the BBC Singers in a program of Jewish music spanning several centuries. He made his Chicago Symphony debut in Penderecki’s Seven Gates of Jerusalem, sang with the New York Philharmonic in Paul Schoenfield’s Klezmer Rondos, and sang the tenor solo in the world premiere of Samuel Adler’s The Challenge of the Muse, with the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall in 2003.
Other upcoming performances at the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus include: Iliza: Elder Millennial (January 12, 2019, Merriam Theater); DRUMLine LIVE (January 19 – 20, 2019, Merriam Theater); The Bad Plus(February 9, 2019, Perelman Theater); and Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 60th Anniversary Edition (March 23, 2019, Verizon Hall).
February 20, 2019, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now and start at $20.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at www.kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 215-790-5883. See www.kimmelcenter.org for more information.
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2018-2019 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit www.kimmelcenter.org.
# # #
For photography, please visit https://kcpress.smugmug.com/
For a PDF version of this press release, click here.