Shofar: A Call to Come Together

Coro Allegro, Boston’s LGBTQ+ and allied classical chorus, hosts a panel discussion featuring the Artistic Directors of Boston’s three Jewish choruses on Robert Stern’s Shofar and Jewish choral music in a time of broken covenants and remembrance.

Panelists include:
Joshua Jacobson of Zamir Chorale,
Carol Marton of Koleinu,
Derek David of A Besere Velt,
David Hodgkins of Coro Allegro and New England Classical Singers,
Shofar librettist and Massachusetts author Catherine Madsen.

Join the members of all five choruses in gathering for this special event celebrating the power of Jewish choral music to bring us together.

Composer Robert Stern’s oratorio, Shofar, is based on the ram’s horn of Jewish liturgy, whose calls, “are a metaphor for our human experience—our hope of being whole and our fear of being shattered.” His retelling of the story of Moses, the golden calf, and the tablets of the law, premiered by Coro Allegro in 2006, has been praised by Gramophone as “a work of dignified power.”

In 2020, with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the death camps and renewed outbreaks of anti Semitism, it feels more important than ever to celebrate the Jewish choral tradition and Shofar’s message for a broken world. “Begin again” Stern’s work urges us. “We build the world together.”

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Monday, February 24, 2020

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Brookline Village - Hunneman Hall
361 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445, United States

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