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The Whizin Center and AJU Choir with Dr. Noreen Green, Music Director, present: Seder Stories Through Music.
Featuring two LA composers and their works - Bob Remstein’s Sermon in Song, Moses and the Rock and Karen Hart’s gospel inspired, Shake My Faith. Program also includes Franz Schubert’s masterwork for soprano, choir and orchestra Mirjam's Siegesgesang (Miriam’s Song of Triumph) with Rachel Reich Freed as Miriam.
Note: Program subject to change.
Composer, singer and instrumentalist Karen Hart has been thrilling audiences worldwide with her unique blend of southern Jewish sass. Growing up in the Deep South, her cantor’s wailing chants strongly reminded Karen of the gospel music she heard in the mainly southern Baptist town of her roots.
Karen developed a quick wit and a strong sense of humor to navigate growing up Jewish in the Deep South. It is this talent that shines through in her clever “Jewish Gospel” songwriting. Her two most widely performed works are Judah and His Maccabees: A Hanukkah Gospel Story and Shake My Faith: A Passover Gospel Story.
The award-winning Judah and His Maccabees premiered before an audience of thousands on Christmas Eve 2000 at the Los Angeles Music Center. An audience favorite, Judah has since been regularly featured at this Dorothy Chandler Annual Holiday Celebration with telecasts on KTLA. Karen’s “bookend” composition Shake My Faith: A Passover Gospel Story debuted in 2013 in North Carolina, where she graduated from the East Carolina University School of Music
Bob Remstein has composed close to 50 Jewish liturgical works, including a complete Sacred Service celebrating the 75th anniversary of Congregation B’nai B’rith in Santa Barbara in 2002, and the Sermon in Song, Moses and the Rock, which has been performed throughout Southern California. A founding member of the Helfman Institute composers’ group, Bob wrote a setting of Pitchu Lanu for the new CCAR Machzor, and A Heart of Wisdom, which was performed in Springfield, MA, by a full orchestra and chorus. In 2017, two of his pieces were performed in the premiere of the Helfman Group’s David’s Quilt. Just recently he composed two new pieces for Cantor Ilan Davidson’s 25-year anniversary concert and album. In secular music he has scored numerous video games for SceneIt, arranged and produced music for the hit film, Little Miss Sunshine, and as co-leader of the lounge/electronica group Supercasanova, has written and produced tracks used on many TV shows.
Rachel Reich Freed has been gaining recognition throughout the Los Angeles area and beyond. Ms. Freed made her debut with several opera companies this past year including Opera Santa Barbara, Opera San Jose, and Long Beach Opera. Recent roles include Tatyana in Independent Opera Company’s Eugene Onegin, Miss Hope in South Coast Opera's The Boy Who Grew Too Fast and Paquette in Angels Vocal Art’s Candide. A recurring soloist with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Ms. Freed has performed at numerous venues including Disney Hall, Boston Court Performing Arts Center, Ford Theatres, and Gindi Auditorium. Ms. Freed can next be seen in Opera San Jose's production of Die Zauberflöte where she will sing Second Lady for one performance.
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