GREAT BARRINGTON – The B’Shalom Chorale, the Berkshires’ only chorale showcasing Jewish music, has announced its 5th season.
Plans are underway for 10 weekly rehearsals, which will begin on Wednesday, May 30 from 7 – 9 p.m. and culminate with a concert on Wednesday, Aug. 15 in Great Barrington.
Jack Brown, artistic director of the Berkshire Lyric Chorus, choral director at Simon’s Rock College and the Hotchkiss School, conducts the B’Shalom Chorale. The accompanist is Joe Rose, also of Berkshire Lyric, and a well-known musician in the region.
Selections, from the Jewish tradition, are from various eras and genres, including Baroque, 19th/20th century, Israeli and more.
The Chorale is open to all men and women, Jewish or not Jewish, who have a pleasant singing voice and the ability to stay on pitch. Choral experience is preferred, as is a love of singing four-part music. The ability to read music is helpful, though not mandatory. Dues are $50.
If you are interested in singing in the B’Shalom Chorale or wish to make a contribution, either call founder and coordinator, Cantor Emily Sleeper Mekler at (413) 418-1836 or send an email to BshalomChorale@gmail.com.
The B’Shalom Chorale, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and is sponsored in part by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and private contributions.