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Srul Irving Glick Memorial Concert at HBT

Srul Irving Glick Memorial Concert
Musical Heritage Concert Series

Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 8 p.m.

When the complete history of 20th Century Jewish music is written, Srul Glick will be considered among the giants of synagogue music. Glick’s 10th Yarzheit will be marked on April 22, 2012 with a memorial concert sponsored by the Holy Blossom Temple’s Musical Heritage Concert Series, with an evening of Glick’s musical compositions. Srul Glick’s music has been performed all over the world on major stages and was featured at the Vatican. Glick received the Order of Canada and is considered one of Canada’s major composers.

Joining musical forces for what will be a special tribute to Glick’s influence to sacred Jewish music will be The Holy Blossom Temple Singers, The Holy Blossom Temple Choir  and The Lachan Jewish Chamber Choir all directed by Benjamin Maissner,  Cantor and  Music Director at Holy Blossom Temple. In addition, Glick’s Jewish musical home, Beth Tikvah, where he served for decades as choirmaster and composer in residence will participate with its choir, under the direction of Klara Bagley.

Cantors Benjamin Maissner and Beth Tikvah’s Cantor Tibor Kovari will perform several of Glick’s pieces. A special guest for the evening will be Cantor Efraim Sapir, who for years served as Cantor at Beth Tikvah and who premiered many of Glick’s liturgical compositions.

Cantor Benjamin Maissner, stated that “this year we mark the tenth anniversary of Srul Irving Glick’s z”l untimely death. We honour his memory in this unique concert. Srul Glick was a dear friend, mentor and a great influence on my own musical development as a Hazzan and musician. Since my arrival in Toronto over thirty years ago, I have had the privilege of performing his Cantorial, choral and instrumental music. Our own musical worship repertoire at Temple includes many of his sweet, warm and sensitive compositions.

He not only wrote beautiful music, but he also contributed to the kahal’s capacity to sing together in prayer. He knew the difference between performance pieces and the importance of cultivating a singing congregation. We miss him but remember his genius as we sing his compositions. We are also honoured that the Beth Tikvah Choir, and Hazzanim Kovari and Sapir are joining with Holy Blossom Temple in this memorial concert.”

The program will include Glick’s “Torah Service”, “The Kaddish in Memory of Leonard Bernstein” and a selection from “The Hour Has Come”, a choral symphony.

Maissner stated further that “Glick’s repertoire of concert, vocal, choral, chamber, liturgical and orchestral is remarkable. He was a prolific composer whose love of Judaism and the Jewish people permeate all of his creations.”

The concert will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 8 p.m. at Holy Blossom Temple.

General Admission tickets are $30 and can be purchased in advance by calling the Temple 416-789-3291 Ext. 224 as well at the door.

The marking of Srul Glick’s Yarzheit will continue on June 7th, 2012 when Beth Tikvah holds its own special tribute concert. To purchase tickets for the Beth Tikvah concert on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 8 p.m., call the Synagogue office at 416-221-3433.

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