Join the Zamir Chorale of Boston for
a three-part online series
Part I – Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, 7:30 pm
Part II – Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 7:30 pm
Part III – Monday, April 4, 2022, 7:30 pm
This season, in response to the alarming rise in racism, antisemitism, and other forms of prejudice, we are even more committed to using our resources to expose our audiences (and ourselves) to music representing different cultures, ethnicities, and ways of thinking. With that in mind, we will present an online series called “A Choral Rainbow,” featuring video performances and conversations with the conductors of choruses from diverse and under-represented communities.
Part III features
The award-winning Chorosynthesis Singers, a professional, Syracuse-based 12-voice choir, which involves world-class performers and composers in the creation and performance of music that connects the art with community, specifically through the lens of social consciousness; Wendy Moy, Co-Artistic Director;
• Nashirah, a community-based chorale in the Greater Philadelphia area whose musical programming embodies the broadest possible range of Jewish repertoire; bringing together choral music of many lands, languages, and cultures; Julia Zavadsky, Artistic Director;
• Voices 21C, a Boston-based choral artists’ collective that seeks to combine technical proficiency with creativity and compassion and to connect its musical messages to social justice issues, centering on the voices of the silenced, the forgotten, and the marginalized; André de Quadros, Artistic Director.
Part II featured:
• The Dallas Street Choir, which offers a musical outlet for people experiencing homelessness and severe disadvantage; Jonathan Palant, conductor
• The Yiddish Philharmonic Chorus, which is committed to promoting Yiddish language and culture through beautiful four-part harmony; Binyumen Schaechter, conductor
• The Philadelphia Heritage Chorale, which has a special commitment to music born of the African Diaspora or created by composers of African descent; Donald Dumpson, conductor.
Part I featured David Hodgkins, conductor of Boston’s Coro Allegro—Boston’s LGBTQ+ and allied classical chorus; Micah Hendler, conductor of The Jerusalem Youth Chorus—a choral and dialogue program for Palestinian and Israeli youth in Jerusalem; and Diana Sáez, a leading specialist in the field of Latin American choral music.
“Diversity” can reference and celebrate culture, race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, sexual identity, age, and religious ideals, among others. Our program was inspired by initiatives with a consortium of colleagues within the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Zamir’s Artistic Director, Joshua Jacobson, will serve as master of ceremonies of each of the three one-hour programs. Each choir’s conductor will present and comment on video performances of their unique repertoire. Josh and the conductors will also discuss issues of tokenism, cultural ownership and misappropriation, recontextualization, hybridization, and multiculturalism. They will explore together how to debunk stereotypes and assumptions related to cultural content.
Nov. 22 Program
Feb. 16 Program
Thank you to our sponsors:
Marcia Solkoff Eskin
Peter and Nancy Finn
Jeffrey and Deeana Klepper
Mass Cultural Council
Newton Cultural Council
Gilbert and Jill Schiffer