Cantors, choir to commemorate anniversaries
A CONCERT COMMEMORATING personal and historical anniversaries will be held Sunday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston. “Cantor & Friends: Broadway and Beyond” will feature Beth Shalom’s Cantor Perry Fine, who is celebrating 25 years in the cantorate. He will be joined by Cantors Shira Lisser and David Barash, along with Voices of MetroWest and Cantor Sharon Knoller. They will be accompanied by pianist William Holdin.
The concert, said Fine, besides marking his own milestone — he served almost 20 years at Congregation Beth El in South Orange and more than five at Beth Shalom — will mark the 20th anniversary of Voices of MetroWest, Essex County’s interfaith, intercommunity choral ensemble, which he cofounded. Two historic anniversaries — 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem and 70 years since the founding of modern-day Israel — as well as the centennial of the late composer, conductor, and educator Leonard Bernstein will also be celebrated.
The program will feature works by Bernstein, including from “West Side Story,” “On the Town,” and “Candide,” as well as selections from “Mass,” his piece memorializing President John F. Kennedy. Also on the program are selections from “Les Miserables” and “Man of La Mancha.” The song “HaKotel,” in tribute to the soldiers who died fighting to reunify Jerusalem in 1967, will be sung in English.
Tickets to the 90-minute concert cost $36. Benefactor/priority or student seating is available upon request; all ticket prices include a dessert reception. Call 973-992-3600 or visit tbsnj.org.