2016 – 24th Annual Concert – Jewish Musical Gems: Old, New and Different

Sunday May 22, 2016, 7:30PM
The Linda – WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio.
339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY.

With guest artist Cantor Elías Rosemberg

For ticket information, download the flyer here.

Cantor Elias Rosemberg head shot

Cantor Elías Rosemberg was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He comes from a family of musicians. His grandfather was a Hazzan and his father was a clarinetist in a Klezmer band. In 1988 at the age of 18, Elías started to work as a Hazzan at Chaim Weitzman community in San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina. By 1991 he studied at Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano and in 1994 he obtained the degree of Hazzan and Singing Professor.

Elías studied music theory and harmony at Manuel de Falla School of Music and took voice lessons with many professors. Elías completed a 5 year program in Pathology, Audiology & Speech therapy at the School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires. He has been heard in many concerts and weddings in the Buenos Aires area. He has appeared several times on TV and radio programs. He is featured on several recordings.

In December 1998 he won the vocal contest: “Argentina sings for Israel” organized by the Israeli Embassy in Argentina.

He served as a Hazzan at Lamroth Hakol Synagogue from 1990 to 2000, where he was a Bar Mitzvah teacher, baal koreh, voice teacher of the choir and founder and director of the School of Hazzanim for Teenagers.

In July 2000, Elías moved to the United States, where he worked as Baal Koreh and Hazzan at multiple synagogues.  Since 2007 he has been Hazzan at Temple Emanuel in Newton, MA.

Since coming to the United States, Elías has continued to receive honors and recognition for his talent as a great singer and as a gifted Hazzan. His repertoire includes Cantorial, Israeli, Yiddish, and Ladino, as well as Opera and Broadway selections. True to his Argentinean roots, he also enjoys singing Tango. In February 2002 he was appointed to sing the memorial prayer at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC at the Cantors Assembly Convention.

In addition to his Cantorial duties at Temple Emanuel, Cantor Rosemberg performs regularly with The Bostonian Opera and Concert Ensemble and the Zamir Chorale of Boston. Hazzan Rosemberg is currently the New England Region Chair for the Cantors Assembly and also serves on the national Executive Council of the same organization. He is the immediate past president of the New England Board of Cantors and has served on the faculty of the Cantor-Educator program at Hebrew College as a Cantorial Coach. He is featured on two Cantors Assembly CDs: “Encore” and “The Spirit of Jewish World Music” and released his own second CD: “My Beloved Prayers and Songs”.

Cantor Rosemberg and his wife Dr. Lorena Lerner are the proud parents of sons Michael and David.

2015 – 23rd Annual Concert “Modern Traditions – A Salute to Contemporary Jewish Music”

June 7, 2015, 7:30PM
The Linda – WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio.
339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY.

With guest artist Noah Aronson

Noah Aronson with guitar

From his website:
Noah Aronson is an energetic and soulful composer/performer whose unique musical style propels his music into communities across the country and in Israel. While studying Piano and Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music, Noah simultaneously held the position of Composer-in-Residence at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachusetts; teaching and composing a wide-array of new liturgical works. Noah conducted the Manhattan HaZamir Choir from 2008-2010 and his choral music received an honorable mention in the 2009 GTM Young Composer’s Contest. Noah released his first solo Jewish album in May 2011 and the title song ‘Am I Awake’ was a winner in the NewVoices song competition in July 2011.

Noah’s latest project ‘Left Side of the Page’ sets to music some of the poetic selections from the Mishkan Tefilah Prayer Book. He had the distinct honor of presenting music from this project at the 2013 URJ Biennial as he lead a community of over 5000 people in Shabbat prayer.

Noah’s music is now sung in progressive communities worldwide and has been included as part of the cantorial curriculum at the Hebrew Union College Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music.

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