Sarasota concert celebrates Jewish music

'Music Makes Community' features dozens of national and local musicians

April 3, 2014 

The Belle Canto choral group is part of "A Celebration of Jewish Music," today at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. PUBLICITY PHOTO


Dozens of musicians and more than 100 singers from the Bradenton-Sarasota area have been preparing for months for "Music Makes Community."

That's the title they've given their concert that celebrates Jewish-themed music.

Besides the area performers, the concert features major national figures in the genre.

Matthew Lazar, one of most celebrated conductors of Jewish choral music in the world, will direct the concert. Metropolitan Opera baritone Jason Stearns will sing the cantor's part from Ernest Bloch's

"Sacred Service."

Other selections include Kurt Weill's "Kiddush," and excerpts from works by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.

The concert will also feature professional singers from some of the best area choral groups, including Gloria Musicae, Musica Sacra Cantorum, the Jewish Community Chorus, Belle Canto and the Key Chorale.

Soloists include Cantor Jeff Weber, Cantor Cliff Abramson, Cantor Riselle Bain and Cantor Deborah Jacobson.

A 50-piece orchestra composed of the area's finest professional players will provide the music.

The concert was organized by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in the region, in Israel, and throughout the world.

Details: 8:15 p.m. April 3, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $18-$72. Information: 941-953-3368,

-- Marty Clear

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