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B’Shalom Chorale Concert on Aug. 12

GREAT BARRINGTON – The B’Shalom Chorale of the Berkshires will present a concert of Jewish choral music at 7 p.m. on Wednesday Aug. 12 at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington. This is the second season concert for this summer chorus of singers who enjoy exploring the great wealth of Jewish music, both sacred and secular as well as classical and contemporary.

The founder and coordinator of the B’Shalom Chorale is Cantor Emily Sleeper Mekler, who was the long-time cantor of Sinai Temple in Springfield. In 2011, she founded and directed the Greater Hartford Jewish Choral Festival. The B’Shalom Chorale is conducted by Jack Brown who is also the artistic director of the Berkshire Lyric Chorus as well as the choral director at Simon’s Rock College and 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 such composers such as Salamone Rossi and Lewandowski, to contemporary liturgical works and folks song settings. Special guest artist will be clarinetist, Paul Green.

Admission to the concert is $15. All are welcome.

For more information contact Cantor Mekler at (413) 531-8706 or email The chorale is sponsored in part by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

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