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January 25, 2019  RSS feed
Culture

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Bay area cantors’ annual concert set for Feb. 10 in St. Pete

The Bay Area Cantorial Association (BACA) presents its 16th Annual Concert, “Shalom Aleichem: Let There Be Peace” with cantors and cantorial soloists serving the Tampa Bay and Bradenton/ Sarasota regions, on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m.

The concert will be held at Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th St. N., St. Petersburg, with a suggested donation of $18 per ticket. Any donation, however, will be appreciated and no one will be turned away. Proceeds benefit scholarships for cantorial students of Reform and Conservative Sacred Music Study and publication of sacred Jewish music.

Founded in 2002 by members of the Tampa Bay cantorial community and now in its 16th year, BACA’s annual concert celebrates Jewish life with musical solos and ensembles covering a global range of writers, eras, styles, languages, genres and cultures. This year’s concert features liturgical, popular, stage, and film selections connected with the theme of peace.

BACA’s annual concert is always scheduled on or near Shabbat Shira (Sabbath of Song), when it is customary to present special musical worship services, concerts, and programs. Additionally, BACA presents smaller concerts in other regions of Florida and contributes music to local events such as the U.N. International Holocaust Day Commemoration event last week in Ybor City.

To date, BACA has raised more than $65,000 toward cantorial scholarships Additionally, BACA has twice provided significant donations to new publications of liturgical Jewish sheet music as a means of supporting Jewish music and further serving cantorial students, professional cantors and cantorial soloists, including a gift of $5,000 to Transcontinental Music Publications (a division of the American Conference of Cantors) as a sponsor for the Mikraei Kodesh compilation sacred music for Jewish life-cycle events.

Last year, BACA made significant movement forward toward its goal of developing named scholarship funds at both H. L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary (Conservative), and the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music of Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion (Reform), through a $10,000 gift to the Cantors Assembly. The gift established the Bay Area Cantorial Association Scholarship Fund in support of cantorial student scholarships at JTS. BACA is now working toward establishing a named fund at Hebrew Union College as well.

For more information about the annual concert, call Congregation B’nai Israel at (727) 381-4900.


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