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A Celebration of Jewish Music at Nazareth, Nov. 4

  • Published: October 16, 2012


  • Cantorial Concert: A Celebration of Jewish Music from Around the World
  • Concert at Nazareth College's Linehan Chapel on November 4 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Performances by Hazzan Martin Leubitz, cantors Keri Lopatin Berger and Samuel Asher

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Contact: The Center for International Education at 585-389-2371

A Celebration of Jewish Music at Nazareth, Nov. 4

The Center for International Education at Nazareth College presents a Cantorial Concert: A Celebration of Jewish Music from Around the World on November 4, at 3:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public and will include performances: Hazzan Martin Leubitz, and cantors Keri Lopatin Berger and Samuel Asher. The music will feature much variety including liturgical, contemporary, Israeli, Sephardic, Yiddish and Ladino music styles. In addition, the cantors will be accompanied by the Rochester Jewish Chorale, Nazareth College Chamber Singers and Chamber Orchestra as well as the Middle Eastern Jewish music band, Farah Sephardic. The concert will be about two hours long with a 15 minute intermission period and will take place in Linehan Chapel on the Nazareth College Campus. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. For further information, please contact the Center for International Education at 585-389-2371.

Hazzan Martin Leubitz has served the congregation of Temple Beth El of Rochester since 1995. Leubitz was a vocal performance major at the University of Akron and graduated from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1972. During his career, he has become known for his renditions of the liturgy, delightful musical programs, and his gift of composing and publishing of several musical pieces. As a member of the Cantors Assembly, Leubitz served on the national executive council and as a chair of the tri-state region.

Keri Lopatin Berger is the cantorial soloist and director of music at Temple B’rith Kodesh (TBK), where she has served the congregation for the past 14 years. Berger holds a master’s degree in music education and voice from the Eastman School of Music as well as a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in music and Jewish studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to her cantorial roles, she also teaches general music to grades K-2 at Mendon Center Elementary School in Pittsford, N.Y. Berger has been instrumental in creating collaborations between the TBK and  Eastman School of Music faculty and students.

Samuel Asher founded the Ohel Avraham Minyan in Rochester and serves as its spiritual leader as well as holding the role of Hillel Leader at Nazareth College. Asher was born in Cairo , Egypt and earned his degree from Eastman School of Music. His talent comes in many forms including composing music; hosting workshops on music, prayer and interfaith dialogue; reviving Middle Eastern Jewish music , and developing new music for Jewish liturgy. He also enjoys playing and singing jazz, folk, blues, and country music. Asher promises a lively and interactive performance when he is on stage.

This event is sponsored by Nazareth College’s Hillel, Center for International Education, Center for Interfaith Studies, and the Dialogue and Music departments.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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