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Candles Burning Brightly

Menorah

Wednesday, December 17 at 2:00 pm


Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. There’s plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel.

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After having been forbidden by law from fulfilling God’s commandments, the Israelites, under the leadership of Judah Maccabee, rose up against their Greek oppressors, taking back the Temple, and rededicating it to God. Knowing they only had enough oil for one night, they lit the Temple’s great menorah in keeping with their faith. Miraculously, the oil supply was restored the following day. Again they lit the great menorah, only to find their oil unspent. The miracle repeated six times until the Israelites were able to procure more oil.

Program

Dov Frimer, arr H Netsky/J Jacobson – Al Hanissim (Hebrew) – Zamir Chorale of Boston and instrumentalists/Joshua Jacobson (Afka 901)

Traditional, arr J Miller – Shehecheyanu (Hebrew) – Chicago a cappella/Jonathan Miller (Chicago a cappella 2005)

Chaim Parchi, arr J Jacobson – Aleh Neiri (Hebrew) – Chaim Parchi, soloist; Zamir Chorale of Boston/Joshua Jacobson (Afka 901)

Flory Jagoda, arr H Netsky – Ocho Candelikas (Ladino) – Soloists and New England Conservatory Jewish Music Ensemble/Hankus Netsky (Rounder 3165)

Leo Low, arr L Moore – Likhtelekh (Yiddish) – Coro Hebraeico/Neil Levin (Naxos 8.559410)

Traditional/Oujda, Morocco – Hanerot Hallalu (“These Light We Kindle”) (Hebrew) – Voice of the Turtle (Titanic 159)

Traditional, arr A. Binder – Maoz Tsur “Rock of Ages” (Hebrew)

Italian chant – Maoz Tsur

Italian chant, arr Benedetto Marcello – Maoz Tsur

Italian chant, arr Hugo Chaim Adler – Maoz Tsur

Zamir Chorale of Boston/Joshua Jacobson (Afka 901)

David Weintraub – Eight Bright Candles – Eaken Piano Trio (Naxos 8.554714)

Break bed: Samuel Adler – To Celebrate a Miracle (excerpt) – University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony/Rodney Winther (Naxos 8.559410)

Theodore Bikel reads “The Lost Menorah” by Howard Schwartz from Adam’s Soul: The Collected Tales of Howard Schwartz (published by Jason Aronson in 1992; now out of print); used with the kind permission of the author

Scott Robinson – Great is the Miracle, mvt II – Eaken Piano Trio (Naxos 8.554714)

Shelley Olson – Blessing for A Chanukah Cantata – Rosemary Quinn-Milch, cello (Maju Music 00-1.1)

Traditional Sephardic/Adrianopoli, Greece – Quital’tas (Ladino) – Piffaro, with Julianne Baird (rec live in concert, Dec 3, 2011)

Yiddish Folk Song – Bulbes “Potatoes” – Emil Decameron and His Orchestra, rec Vienna 1959 (Vanguard Classics OVC 6005)

Mikhl Gelbart, arr Mark Zuckerman – Ikh bin a kleyner dreydl (Yiddish) – Chicago a cappella/Jonathan Miller (Chicago a cappella 2005)

Traditional, arr J Jacobson – Drey, Dreydelekh (Yiddish) – Zamir Chorale of Boston and instrumentalists/Joshua Jacobson (Afka 901)

Flory Jagoda – Hanuka (Ladino) – Voice of the Turtle (Titanic 159)

Traditional Klezmer – Keshenev Bulgar – New England Conservatory Jewish Music Ensemble/Hankus Netsky (Rounder 3165)

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