Hundreds of teen singers from the United States and Israel will perform on the stage of New York’s Metropolitan Opera House when HaZamir: the International Jewish High School Choir, holds its gala concert on Sunday, March 26, at 4 p.m. Conductors from 35 HaZamir chapters are expected to be on stage, along with about 400 singers.
HaZamir, a project of the Zamir Choral Foundation, is the only international organization dedicated to fostering Jewish identity across generational, denominational, and geographic lines through Jewish choral music. “To perform at the Met is a great honor. I know I speak for all of the singers, musicians and conductors, when I say this is a day we will always treasure,” said Matthew Lazar, the founder and director of the Zamir Choral Foundation.
This year’s gala program includes traditional and modern compositions from the United States and Israel, in Hebrew and English. It features the world premiere of “Fanfare for Jerusalem” by award-winning New York pianist and composer Randy Klein. His composition is based on excerpts from the Psalms of David.
During the gala, the Zamir Choral Foundation will present the Kinor David award, which honors people who have made a meaningful contribution to HaZamir. Francine M. Gordon brought the HaZamir program to the Jewish Federation in Cleveland, creating the first HaZamir sister-city Partnership in Israel. Phyllis and Richard Rosen helped create and sustain the HaZamir Jerusalem chapter — she is a Zamir Chorale Foundation board member, and both have sung in Zamir.
For more information on the gala, go to www.hazamirgalaconcert.org.