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2nd Annual Shalshelet New Jewish Liturgical Music Fest, Chevy Chase, MD, Jun 11

The Second International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music
Sunday, June 11
Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, Maryland (8300 Meadowbrook Lane)

The 7 p.m. concert will feature 15 of these liturgical works, and the day-long Festival, beginning at 10 a.m., will showcase the remainder of the compositions.

Tickets: In advance concert only: $20; workshops & brunch: $30; concert and workshops & brunch: $40. Purchase tickets: send a check payable to Shalshelet, PO Box 15836, Chevy Chase, MD 20825 or www.shalshelet.org. At the door additional $5 for each event.

For more information, visit www.shalshelet.org.

Building on the success of the inaugural Festival in November 2004, this year's submissions totaled more than 300 from 107 composers across the U.S., as well as Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Israel and Uganda. The winning composers comprise a diverse group geographically and musically, and in their Jewish affiliations and practices -- Rabbis and Cantors, teachers and students, and those with primary occupations outside the Jewish and music worlds. The compositions include tunes for congregational singing, cantorial solos, and choral pieces in styles ranging from Hasidic to jazz, classical, South American and American pop.

I am in awe, overwhelmed with delight, said Hazzan Dr. Ramón Tasat, Shalshelet s president. That the numbers have doubled this year twice as many submissions by twice as many composers this is nothing short of amazing. It is a testament to the contribution Shalshelet continues to make as an essential outlet for liturgical music, he added.

Shalshelet encourages submissions (using a blind review process) from amateur and professional musicians. The music review committee consists of three highly accomplished musicians -- Hazzan Dr. Ramón Tasat, Hazzan Natasha J. Hirschhorn and Dr. Norma Brooks.

The Festival is designed to provide an opportunity for the audience to hear traditional Jewish texts in fresh musical settings, and to learn from the composers. This year s program includes a Sunday evening concert and Sunday morning workshops with composers, focusing on four liturgical themes: Shabbat, Psalms (Tehillim), Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) and Unusual Texts. The Sunday morning presentations and brunch allow for lively discussions of the creative process and musical approaches to text.

Shalshelet (Hebrew for chain ) was established as a non-profit in 2003 to encourage the creation of original Jewish liturgical music. The Foundation s mission is to build bridges within the Jewish community and beyond, by exposing a wider audience to Jewish religious music in creative ways.

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