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The Arts at The Emanuel presents A Cantorial Celebration!
November 17, 2019 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM$36.00
Hometown favorite sons will return to West
Hartford as The Emanuel Synagogue tops off its Centennial observances
with “A Cantorial Celebration,” on Sunday, November 17, 2019, at 7:00
p.m., at The Emanuel, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford. A dairy
reception will follow the concert.
Former Emanuel Cantors Gideon Zelermyer and Thom King plus the Beth
El Temple Orchestra conducted by Cantor Joseph Ness will join Emanuel’s
current cantor, Sanford Cohn, onstage for the musical celebration. The
event will mark Cantor Cohn’s 21st anniversary with The Emanuel, as well
as 100 years of music at the Conservative synagogue.
Cantor Cohn has been instrumental in bringing “The Afro-Semitic
Experience” to The Emanuel in addition to several musical performance
which brought world-class music to The Emanuel. Cantor Cohn has taught
at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford and is an
Cantor Zelermyer, the son of former Emanuel spiritual leader Rabbi Gerald
Zelermyer and his wife Heske, celebrated his bar mitzvah at The Emanuel.
He got his start singing cantorial music at The Emanuel and served as
interim cantor from 1997-1999. He has been cantor at Shaar Hashomayim
in Montreal for more than 15 years. He has performed in concert worldwide
and shares a Grammy and Juno award for his work on Leonard Cohen’s
last album, “You Want it Darker.”
Cantor Ness has been a member of the clergy, musical director and
conductor at West Hartford’s Beth El Temple for 30 years. He and Cantor
Cohn have collaborated on many music projects and together they
established the Hartford chapter of HaZamir, the International Jewish High
Joining them will be Cantors Laura Breznick of Temple Sholom in New
Milford, CT;(studies with Cantor Cohn at UH) Michael Zoosman, who grew
up at The Emanuel and is a cantor both in New London, CT and in the
greater DC area; Cantor Faith Steinsnyder, interim cantor of Temple Beth
Rishon in Wyckoff, N.J.; as well as cantorial student Jacob Greenberg, who
studied with Cantor Cohn at the Hartt School.
In addition, on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 9:00 a.m., The Emanuel Synagogue
will welcome back Rabbi Emeritus Gerald Zelermyer to the pulpit for the
first time in almost 20 years.
Ticket information is available by visiting www.emanuelsynagogue.org or