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NE’IMAH JEWISH COMMUNITY CHORUS’ 24TH ANNUAL CONCERT
May 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
TICKET INFORMATION AND PURCHASE: 438-9561, email@example.com or at the door before the concert
“Jewish Musical Gems – Old, New and Different.” Mark your calendar! Come to celebrate with us and be entertained by a type of music offered in the Capital District only by the Ne’imah chorus.
Ne’imah will perform favorites from past years and new pieces, while guest artist Cantor Elías Rosemberg, personifying the theme of the concert, will sings from his varied and unique repertoire that includes Opera, Israeli, Cantorial, Yiddish, Ladino and Broadway selections, including a Yiddish Tango – an homage to his Argentinian roots. He will sing solo with his piano accompanist, David Sparr, and together with Ne’imah. Anna Dubrova, Ne’imah’s Conductor and Music Director, is, as always, shepherding the entire performance, joined by our accompanist, Rebecca Benjamin. The program will be enhanced by local guest artists, instrumentalist Karen Klevanosky, vocal soloist Megan Wilson and drummer Michael Benjamin.
Cantor Elías Rosemberg
Currently the Cantor at Temple Emanuel in Newton, MA, Cantor Rosemberg was born and educated in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he appeared in many concerts, performed in several TV and radio programs, was featured on a number of recordings and won a vocal contest. In the US, he performs regularly with the Bostonian Opera and Concert Ensemble and Zamir Chorale of Boston, is featured on two Cantors Assembly CDs and has released two CDs of his own. David Sparr, the Cantor’s accompanist, an accomplished musician in his own right, is the owner/engineer of his own recording studio, arranges, conducts and composes with the likes of Jeff Klepper and Robbie Solomon, and has performed with, among others, Joel Grey, Hankus Netsky and Zamir Chorale, as well as a multitude of Klezmer, Reggae, Jazz, R&B and Pop bands.
ABOUT THE CHORUS: Ne’imah Jewish Community Chorus is a four-voice group chorus whose mission is to entertain and enrich the Jewish and non-Jewish community of the Capital Region with the variety and beauty of the Jewish choral music repertoire. “Ne’imah” is the Hebrew word for “melody” and “being pleasant.” Ne’imah is open to everyone, regardless of religion, organizational affiliation, musical sight-reading and foreign language knowledge, age, gender, sexual orientation, race, or disability. Ne’imah has 30 Jewish and non-Jewish amateur singers from the Capital Region, who love to sing Jewish choral music. Ne’imah’s performance will be led by Anna Dubrova, Ne’imah’s artistic director and conductor since the chorus’ beginning in 1992, and Rebecca Benjamin, the chorus’ piano accompanist since the 2014-15 season. Ms. Dubrova has extensive experience as a choir conductor and an instructor of voice, piano and music theory. She was educated in Russia, and has worked in Russia and Albany. Ms. Benjamin holds music degrees from Schenectady County Community College and the Crane School of Music and an MS in Literacy from SUNY at Albany. Currently Rebecca serves as the organist at the Niskayuna Reformed Church and as the New Student Case Manager in the Schenectady City School District. Additionally, Rebecca accompanies for school districts and theatre companies throughout the capital region and is pursuing her PhD in Educational Theory and Practice at SUNY Albany.