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The Untold Story of the American Cantorate, Newton, MA, Nov 21

PrayerSong: The Startling History of American Synagogue Music

The Untold Story of the American Cantorate

Sunday, November 21, 7:00 p.m.
Mark Slobin

Hebrew College
160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre
7:00 p.m.
$12 advance paid registration; $15 at the door
Register online at www.hebrewcollege.edu/selreg
For further info, visit our website at www.hebrewcollege.edu/prayersong or call the Center for Adult Jewish Learning at 617-559-8709. CO-SPONSOR: The American Jewish Historical Society

Dr. Mark Slobin will review the checkered history of the American cantorate as it zigzagged from its humble origins to its heyday in the early 20th century (when cantors were "superstars") to its egalitarian reinvention today. Much of his work is based on his interviews with 125 cantors, offering eye-opening insights into the social and religious challenges cantors face in the contemporary synagogue.

Mark Slobin, PhD, is professor of music at Wesleyan University, past president of the Society for Ethnomusicology and past president of the Society for Asian Music.

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