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Shabbat Shira: Sermons in Song

Shabbat Shira (the Sabbath of Song) is celebrated on the Sabbath of the
Torah portion B’shalach, usually in January or February, depending upon
the Hebrew calendar.

At Temple Emanu-El, we celebrate this time of year with a special weekend of Jewish music. Included is the chanting of the “Song of the Sea” and a Sermon in Song that explores some of the varied repertoire of our heritage.

Cantor Lori Corrsin and our phenomenal Temple Emanu-El Choir, singing from the bimah, will perform the next Shabbat Shira Sermon in Song on Friday, January 30, 2015, at 6 PM. K. Scott Warren will conduct, and Dr. Andrew Henderson will accompany on the organ.

This year’s theme is “Aaron Copland: The Champion of American Music.” As part of the Sermon in Song, the Temple Emanu-El Choir will perform In the Beginning, for mixed chorus, a cappella. Written in 1947 for the Harvard Symposium on Music Criticism, the text is from Genesis 1:1-2:7.

Learn more about Aaron Copland »

Joining us as special guests this evening are members of the New York City Children’s Chorus, who will perform arrangements of Aaron Copland’s American songs, including Simple Gifts, Zion’s Wall and The Promise of Living, and Elaine Broad Ginsberg’s choral arrangement of Nurit Hirsh’s Oseh Shalom.
Learn more about the Children’s Chorus »

Launch the audio player to listen to all Sermons in Song.


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