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Mak’hela Concludes Season with “A Celebration of Psalms…and More”

AMHERST – Mak’hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts, will conclude its 2013-14 season with “A Celebration of Psalms… and More” on Sunday, June 1 at 2 p.m. at the Yiddish Book Center.
This will be the seventh and final concert in Mak’hela’s eleventh season, and is the chorus’s once-yearly fundraising concert.
The program will feature several psalms set to music, including Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, a work commissioned for the 1965 music festival at the Cathedral of Chichester in Sussex, England. The three-movement piece, consisting of six psalms sung in Hebrew, has been a favorite of choral groups and audiences since its premiere nearly 50 years ago.
In addition to Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, the concert program will include Mizmor l’David, a musical rendition of Psalm 29 written by the Hasidic composer Shlomo Carlebach and arranged by Joshua Jacobson; Charles Osborne’s Samachti B’omrim Li, consisting of several verses from Psalm 122; and Kol Han’shamah T’halel Yah, Bonia Shur’s arrangement of the sixth verse from Psalm 150.

Tickets are available at a price of $8 for Yiddish Book Center members, $5 for students, and $10 for the general public. “A Celebration of Psalms… and More” is sponsored in part by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

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