Concert of Kantorial Music at the Konzerthaus

Concert of Kantorial Music at the Konzerthaus

Last night, Nov. 10, I completed my personal observances of the Holocaust by attending a concert entitled “von Dunkelheit zu Licht” (From Darkness to Light) by the Orchester Jakobsplatz of Munich – a chamber orchestra dedicated to performing the works of Jewish composers of all eras – and three famous cantors – Shmuel Barzilai, Netanel Hershtik (who has an amazingly big, beautiful tenor voice), and the Ober-Rabbi of Vienna, Paul Chaim Eisenberg. The concert began with the solemn Holocaust Totengebet (prayer for the dead) “El Male Rachamim” and a number of plaintive compositions from the 19th and 20th century. After the Pause, the mood turned much lighter, and the concert almost could have been “The Three Cantors” – ending with general audience clapping and singing of songs for Shalom. The concert hall was packed, and the atmosphere was one of collective remembrance, hope, and at the end, a Chasidic-style outburst of joy. A wonderful and meaningful evening.


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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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