The B’Shalom Chorale of the Berkshires presents a concert of Jewish choral music at 3PM on Sunday August 10 at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire in Great Barrington. This is the debut concert of this summer chorus for singers who enjoy exploring the great wealth of Jewish music both sacred and secular, both classical and contemporary. Cantor Emily Sleeper Mekler, the founder and coordinator of this new chorus, was the longtime cantor of Sinai Temple in Springfield, MA. In 2011, she founded and directed the Greater Hartford Jewish Choral Festival.
The chorus is conducted by Jack Brown, the Artistic Director of Berkshire Lyric. He is also the choral director at Simon’s Rock College and at The Hotchkiss School. The accompanist is Joe Rose, also of Berkshire Lyric and a well known musician in the region. The music for the afternoon concert ranges from classical a cappella works by Salamone Rossi and Ernest Bloch to contemporary liturgical works and folks song settings.
The special guest artist for the program will be clarinetist Paul Green. He has been called a Renaissance man, an extraordinary clarinetist equally at home in classical, jazz and Klezmer music. Admission to the concert is $10. All are welcome. For more information contact Cantor Mekler at 413 531 8706 or email BShalomChoraleoftheBerkshires@gmail.com. The chorale is sponsored in part by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.