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Robert Solomon

Robert SolomonCANTOR ROBERT SOLOMON is known internationally as a composer of Jewish choral works and synagogue repertoire. His stirring anthem Leaving Mother Russia, written in 1979, became the rallying cry of the Soviet Jewry movement and established him as a musical interpreter of Jewish conscience. He since has written dozens of songs of Jewish content, including World of Our Fathers, Falasha Nevermore and Peace by Piece. He also is well known as a performer and songwriter with the popular Jewish music group Safam. Cantor Solomon’s works have been performed and recorded by numerous cantors and choirs throughout the world.

Cantor Solomon has been a cantor in the Boston area since 1977. He has written a number of works under commission, including a contemporary Havdalah service, a Torah service and a complete Friday night service. His synagogue works are characterized by their melodic lyricism and accessibility, and his music strives to bring the voice of the congregation into the prayers, mixing the familiar with the new.

One of Cantor Solomon’s most significant accomplishments in recent years has been the production of his full-length original musical, The Orphan Queen: The Story of Esther, which played to more than 2,000 people in three performances in 1997 at Congregation Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, Mass., and ran for four weeks in the spring of 1999 at the Jewish Theatre of New England. He also has been commissioned to write choral pieces for Zamir Chorale of Boston, and his works have been featured regularly at the annual North American Jewish Choral Festival. In addition, he has collaborated with diverse musical groups to expand the scope of Jewish music. These groups include klezmer bands, gospel choirs and the cutting-edge classical ensemble the Yesaroun’ Duo, which features his son, Samuel — a graduate of the Juilliard School — on percussion.

Along with an Orthodox upbringing in Baltimore and rabbinical study at Hebrew Union College, Cantor Solomon received conservatory training at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, Berklee College of Music in Boston and the New England Conservatory. He is certified with both the Reform and Conservative movements, the ACC and CA respectively.

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