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TODAY: Sanders Music Symposium Series Presents "From Synagogue to Concert Hall" on September 20 @5PM
Posted 09/19/2018 09:00PM

Members of the entire community are invited to join Ramaz today, September 20, at 5PM, at the Upper School for the launch of the Sanders Music Symposium series, "From Synagogue to Concert Hall." Ramaz Artist in Residence and composer Oded Lev-Ari, and featured pianist Philip Fisher, will explore the relationship between the traditional concert hall and the traditional synagogue. Fisher and Lev-Ari will investigate the musical origins of HaTikvah and Kol Nidrei, discuss the culturally significant theme of the "Return to Zion," and even touch upon the music's connection to the history of Australian horse-drawn trams.

Featured performances will include: soprano Meghan Kasanders, cellist Adrian Daurov, and pianist Philip Fisher.

The symposium will conclude with refreshments and an opportunity to mingle with the artists and fellow audience members.

To RSVP, or if you have any questions, please email Jade Husbands at


In 1813, Isaac Nathan, a cantor's son and musician, approached Lord Byron with a novel idea -- he asked Byron to set poetry to traditional Synagogue melodies! Byron agreed, and the resulting song cycle Hebrew Melodies was published in 1815. Just a few years later, both Nathan and Byron would leave England under scandalous circumstances never to return again. However, their Hebrew Melodies prompted a long line of musical works inspired from shul services, from Bruch's Kol Nidrei for cello and orchestra, to Steve Reich's minimalist masterpiece Tehilim.

The Sanders Music Symposium is an innovative music-centric lecture/concert series. Designed for curious minds of all ages, Sanders Symposium uses the art of storytelling to create compelling, entertaining and thought-provoking musical experiences. Each short, informal concert/talk presents intimate musical performances alongside an additional perspective – scientific, liturgical, historical and other – with the goals of igniting curiosity, increasing openness, and providing the impetus and tools for further independent exploration.

Presented with the generous support of the Martin and Susan Sanders Family Foundation for Classical Music Enrichment at Ramaz, each event will feature performances and conversations with extraordinary New York-based musicians in an intimate, informal setting.
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