Music for the High Holidays on WRTI 90.1, Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 4 to 6 PM

The Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are among the most sacred days of the year for Jews around the world. These are days of celebration, self-reflection, and repentance, and are filled with music that has special meaning. Join us on Saturday, September 23rd from 4 to 6 pm for two special programs for the High Holidays. We wish all of our listeners celebrating the High Holidays a “Shanah Tovah”—a Happy New Year!

At 4 pm, one of the greatest violinists of our time shares the memories and the recordings that mean the most to him this time of year, on Musical Memories of the High Holidays with Itzhak Perlman. From cantorial singing to Klezmer to classical favorites, Perlman hosts and plays.

At 5 pm, we consider some of the great music associated with the Jewish holidays. Music for the High Holidays features both traditional and composed music from Jewish services — including a recording of Kol Nidre featuring Mr. Perlman — as well as concert music based on melodies from the High Holidays, and some stories about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur traditions. [Listen to a WRTI interview with Hankus Netsky, a frequent collaborator with Mr. Perlman, who wrote a book about the history of Klezmer music in Jewish Philadelphia!]

The Jewish New Year to the Day of Atonement—Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur—is the holiest time of the Jewish year. This year, 5776 on the Jewish calendar, began on sundown, Sunday, Oct. 2nd, and the High Holidays end with Yom Kippur, at sundown on October 12th. The 10-day period is a time for reflecting on the past year, making amends, and celebrating the new year with family and friends.

PROGRAM, 4 to 5 pm, includes:
Kol Nidrei, Max Bruch. Jacqueline du Pré, cello, Daniel Barenboim, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Kol Nidre, arr. Hankus Netsky. Itzhak Perlman, violin

B’Rosh Hashanah, Max Helfman. Cantor Ephraim Biran, Paula Biran, Rodeph Sholom Choir

Tik’u, William Zukof, countertenor and Phyllis Elaine Clark, soprano

Gefilte Fish, Isador Lillian, arr. Michael Winograd. Adrienne Cooper, vocalist

Shoyfer Shel Moshiakh (Ram’s Horn of the Messiah), Abraham Goldfaden, arr. Hankus Netsky. Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot

Avinu Malkeinu, Max Janowski, Barbra Streisand. Higher Ground

Deux melodies hébraïques: Kaddisch, Maurice Ravel, Victoria de los Angeles, soprano, Georges Prêtre, Paris Conservatory Orchestra   

Hassidic Chant: Kaddish, Text by Levi Yitzkhok of Berditchev; music by Joel Engel, Paul Robeson, bass; Alan Booth, piano

Hayom t’amtzeinu, Herman Zalis, arr. Western Wind and Matthew Lazar, The Western Wind

Fun Tashlikh (Returning from Tashlikh), Naftule Brandwein, arr. The Klezmer Conservatory Band, Itzhak Perlman and The Klezmer Conservatory Band

L’shmoa, Maxwell Street Klezmer Band

Kol Nidre, arr. Hankus Netsky. Itzhak Perlman, violin

Kol Nidre Collage, Al Jolson, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, Gershon Sirota,Itzhak Meir Helfgot, Yossele Rosenblatt, Ephraim Biran, Richard Tucker, Jan Peerce

Kol Nidrei, Max Bruch, Jacqueline du Pré, cello, Daniel Barenboim, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Quartet No. 14, Opus 131, movement 6, Adagio quasi un poco andante, Ludwig van Beethoven, Brentano Quartet

Abodah: A Yom Kippur Melody, Yehudi Menuhin, violin; Hendrik Endt, piano, Yehudi Menuhin

Rachel, quand du seigneur, Music by Jacques Halévy, text by Eugène Scribe. Beniamino Gigli, tenor, Rainaldo Zamboni, Royal Opera House Orchestra

PROGRAM, 5 to 6 pm, includes:
Jonathan Miller: Shehecheyanu, Chicago a cappella, conducted by Jonathan Miller

Jacob Weinberg: String Quartet, Opus 55, Bingham String Quartet

Max Janowski: Avinu Malkeinu, University of Utah Singers, conducted by Brady Allred

Ernest Bloch (arr. Christopher Palmer): From Jewish Life: Prayer

Ernest Bloch: Yih’yu l’ratzon (May the Words of My Mouth), Rinat Choir, conducted by Gary Bertini

Darius Milhaud: Etudes on Liturgical Themes from Comtat Venaissin, Juilliard String Quartet

Salamone Rossi: Barechu et Adonai ham’vorach and Adon Olam (plus instrumentals), Boston Camerata, conducted by Joel Cohen

Traditional, arr. Hankus Netsky, Kol Nidre, Itzhak Perlman, violin; Cantor Yitzhak Meir Helfgot;
Hankus Netsky, piano; Pete Rushefsky, tsimbi

John Zorn: Kol Nidre, Ilya Kaler and Perrin Young, violin; George Taylor, viola; Steven Doane, cello

Traditional: Ashamnu, Cantor Benzion Miller; Schola Hebraica, conducted by Neil Levin

Ben Steinberg: Shalom Rav, Cantor Ida Rae Cahana; students from the Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music, conducted by Samuel Adler; Aaron Miller, organ

Traditional: Shalom Rav, Rachel Van Voorhees, harp

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