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Artist in Residence 2019: Eleanor Epstein

Past Sessions
Saturday, May 4, 2019 29 Nisan 5779 - 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday, May 4, 2019 29 Nisan 5779 - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday, May 3, 2019 28 Nisan 5779 - 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

A Shabbat of joyous singing with guest artist Eleanor Epstein

It is hard to put into words the magic of Eleanor Epstein. Eleanor treats music as midrash, exploring how the right melody can unlock the meaning behind the words quickly and directly. She believes that a strongly singing community is a strong community - and her unique and inspiring methods result in a room reverberating with song. Her effect can be profound and powerful, joyous and spiritual.

Eleanor Epstein is the director of Zemer Chai, the Jewish Chorale of the Nation’s Capital which she founded in 1976. Her choral arrangements, written for Zemer Chai, are sung by choirs throughout the United States.  She is a master teacher and a consultant to congregations, cantors, conductors and choirs, and is known for her unique approach to improving the quality and enjoyment of amateur singing.

RSVP for Shabbat evening dinner is essential!

$15 adults, free for children 12 and younger

Friday, May 3 | Lev Tahor 6:30PM, Dinner and learning | 7:30PM
Join us for a catered dinner following Lev Tahor, PSJC’s all-sung, community-led Kabbalat Shabbat service. Eleanor’s after-dinner program will help us to reflect on Shabbat evening texts and to understand how the music can provide us a deeper experience of the words.

RSVP ESSENTIAL by Friday, April 26.

Saturday, May 4 | Shabbat services 10:00AM, Melava Malka | 8:00PM
Eleanor will teach as part of Shabbat morning services.  That evening we’ll join together for a nosh, Havdallah, and a Melava Malka, where we will explore the music and texts traditionally used to escort out Shabbat.
Gather 8:00PM | 117 Sterling Place, Apt 3
Havdallah 8:40PM,
Melava Malka 8:50PM.

Come if you like choral singing, community singing, or singing in the shower. Come if you were told in 3rd grade that you should just mouth the words. Come if you want to experience and understand prayer and poetry through melody. Come if you simply want to listen and learn. Those of us who know Eleanor know that an amazing weekend is in store!

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