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Unique Program in West Hartford Will Bring Hassidic Melodies to Life Through Film and Live Music

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Melodies of another world, the stirring story behind the Hassidic melodies of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, will be told through film and a live string quartet at the Chabad House in West Hartford.


On Saturday night, Feb. 3rd, Chabad of Greater Hartford will be hosting an unforgettable evening of Story & Music “The Rebbe’s Nigunim: Songs of the Inspired Soul.”

The stirring story of these melodies will be brought to life through film and a live musical performance by a string quartet presented by local musicians. Whether or not you have heard these melodies before, you are sure to be stirred by these tunes that come from a place so surreal and yet somehow all so familiar.

The melody is an integral part of the chassidic way of life. “The tongue is the pen of the heart,” noted the first Chabad rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, “but melody is the pen of the soul.”

Melodies abound in Chabad tradition. Those that were either composed or adopted by any of the seven Chabad rebbes are especially cherished and sung regularly at chassidic gatherings and special occasions.

The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, taught 13 melodies. In addition to teaching the actual melody, the Rebbe explained its significance.

The melodies would come to embody the Rebbe’s message in the way only music can: direct, powerful, and arresting. Together they’d tell the story of the soul’s yearning for something higher, as well as the recognition that sometimes the highest endeavour is to be found in this mundane world.

The evening will include a salad bar and hot soups to warm your winter spirits.

Watch the event trailer: https://www.facebook.com/ChabadHartford/videos/1610023862368455/

The event will be on Saturday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m., at the Chabad House, 2352 Albany Ave.in West Hartford.

The event fee is $20, advance reservation is required.

To register log on to www.ChabadHartford.com, call 860-232-1116 or email [email protected].

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