Label: Zamir Chorale of Boston
Since its formation in 1969, this fifty-member adult chorale, dubbed a â€śvirtuoso outfitâ€ť by the Boston Globe and recognized by American Record Guide as â€śAmericaâ€™s foremost Jewish choral ensemble,â€ť has remained committed to the highest quality performance of music spanning thousands of years, four continents, and a variety of styles, both popular and classical. The Choraleâ€™s repertoire includes Jewish liturgical pieces, major classical works, music of the Holocaust, newly commissioned compositions by contemporary Jewish composers, and Israeli, Yiddish, and Ladino folksongs. Zamir, which means â€śnightingaleâ€ť in Hebrew, currently has twenty recordings ranging from Baroque masterworks to seasonal celebrations, including the recent compilation recording Zamirâ€™s Greatest Hits, and a childrenâ€™s CD, The Monster and the Nightingale, which was produced with Boombox Classroom and the choir of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston. The Choraleâ€™s 1999 tour to Eastern Europe is the subject of the PBS documentary Zamir: Jewish Voices Return to Poland, broadcast on public television stations throughout the United States and shown at several film festivals around the country.
Zamir has performed throughout North America, including Bostonâ€™s Symphony Hall, Tanglewoodâ€™s Ozawa Hall, and venues in California, Wisconsin, Florida, New York, Montreal, and Washington D.C. In January 2006, the Chorale was invited to perform in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations headquarters in New York for the UNâ€™s first universal observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. In 2004, the Chorale sang as invited guests for the Democratic National Convention. The Chorale has also toured Eastern Europe, Italy, Great Britain, and Israel, appearing with the Jerusalem Symphony and Israel Philharmonic orchestras under Zubin Mehta and Daniel Barenboim. In 1978, Zamir received the Silver Medallion Award from Bostonâ€™s Association for the Performing Arts, in 1988 the Myrtle Wreath Award from the New England region of Hadassah, and in 1992 the Klal Yisrael Award from the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts.