The Leipzig Synagogue Choir on tour in Israel – November 2017

The Leipziger Synagogalchor (Leipzig Synagogue Choir), a German ensemble that performs exclusively Jewish choral music, was established in 1962 by Cantor Werner Sander. Following Sander’s death, the ensemble’s direction was taken over by Helmut Klotz in 1972. Since 2012, Ludwig Böhme has served as the choir’s musical director. The recipient of several awards, the choir records and performs widely, promoting international- and interreligious dialogue. Much of the choir’s repertoire consists of the 19th century liturgical music that was sung in German synagogues – for choir and soloists, either a-cappella or with keyboard accompaniment – and pronounced in the particular Ashkenazi manner used by German Jewry up to the Holocaust. Today, some arrangements of Yiddish songs also make up the repertoire. What is totally unique about this ensemble is that conductor and members, none of whom belong to the Jewish faith, are keeping this important tradition alive and presenting it to audiences in Europe and further afield. This writer attended the concert held at the Moreshet Yisrael Synagogue, Jerusalem, on November 13th 2017, where the Leipzig choir was hosted by the Jerusalem Meitar Choir (director: Ido Marco). Soloists from Germany were Dorothea Wagner (soprano), Falk Hoffmann (tenor), Tilmann Löser (piano) and Reinhard Riedel (violin). Both choirs joined to open the event with Louis Lewandowski’s setting of “Ma Tovu” (How Great are thy tents), with the Leipzig Synagogalchor (and soloists) performing more of the much-loved Lewandowski songs; their sensitive singing of the soul-searching “Enosh” text from the Day of Atonement memorial service was especially expressive and moving: “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.” (Psalm 103). Continue reading

Israel Tour 2017

Jetzt ist es soweit: Vom 10. bis 19. November 2017 sind wir zum dritten Mal auf Konzertreise in Israel. Wir danken all unseren Förderern und Unterstützern, die die Reise möglich machen. Wir danken unseren Freunden und Partnern in Israel, die die Konzerte mit so viel Engagement vorbereiten. Alle Termine:

11.11. Jerusalem, Erlöserkirche, 20.00 Uhr
12.11. Sde Boker, Music Club, 20.30 Uhr
13.11. Jerusalem, Moreshet Yisrael Synagoge, 20.00 Uhr
14.11. Tel Aviv, Beit Hatfutsot, 19.30 Uhr
15.11. Haifa, Krieger Center for Performing Arts, 19.30 Uhr
16.11. Jerusalem, Workshop mit dem Chor der Moreshet Yisrael Synagoge
18.11. Herzliya, City Hall, 20.30 Uhr
mit Dorothea Wagner (Sopran), Falk Hoffmann (Tenor), Tilmann Löser (Orgel/Klavier), Reinhard Riedel (Violine)
Gefördert von: Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Goethe Institut, Sächsische Staatskanzlei, Leipzigstiftung, Stadt Leipzig/Referat Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Stadt Leipzig/Kulturamt, GVL