Pre-Concert Talk “Annelies- The Back Story”
3:00 PM- presented by Dr. Joshua Jacobson
In his pre-concert talk Dr. Joshua Jacobson, one of the foremost authorities on Jewish choral music, will take us on a virtual tour of Anne Frank’s secret hiding place in Amsterdam, provide an overview of music during the Holocaust, and also discuss the concept of memorializing victims of the Holocaust through music. Some of the musical themes of the oratorio “Annelies” will be previewed and provided with context.
Joshua R. Jacobson, one of the foremost authorities on Jewish choral music, is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Northeastern University and Visiting Professor and Senior Consultant in the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College. He is also founder and artistic director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston. He holds a Bachelors degree in Music from Harvard College, a Masters in Choral Conducting from the New England Conservatory, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati. Over one hundred of his choral arrangements, editions and compositions have been published, and are frequently performed by choirs around the world. His book, Chanting the Hebrew Bible: The Art of Cantillation, published by the Jewish Publication Society in 2002, was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. He is co-author of Translations and Annotations of Choral Repertoire—Volume IV: Hebrew Texts, published by earthsongs in 2009.