Happy holiday week to all those who celebrate.

A Review of my TTBB arrangement of Rahmaninoff’s VOCALISE

A heads-up for any of you in the greater Boston area: The Temple Israel of Natick Singers (the choir I conduct) will be performing two songs at the Metrowest Holocaust memorial service, 7:30 PM, Sunday, April 27, 2014, Temple Beth Shalom, Framingham.

Woo hoo! I can’t wait to read it. The Jan-Feb edition is currently all that’s up.

“The Repertoire Forum (music review) article in the March 2014 issue of Choral Director magazine will be featuring “Vocalise” by Sergei Rachmaninoff, arr. Stanley M. Hoffman.”
http://www.choraldirectormag.com”

WINTER, YOU SCOUNDREL! (or THE WRONG OF WINTER)
for Bassoon Solo by Stanley M. Hoffman (1983)
Synthesized performance
Music: © Copyright 1983 by Stanley M. Hoffman.
http://www.stanleymhoffman.com
All rights reserved.
The music is available for sale from the composer.

365 copies of my setting of PSALM 121 were ordered by Music Mart music dealers for the Western American Choral Directors Association Convention Feb 19-22, 2014 in Santa Barbara, CA, for reading session packets. That’s 365 choral directors each with their own choir, and each getting a copy to consider. Woo hoo!

Amar Rabbi Elazar (Rabbi Elazar Taught) – Rabbi Danielle Upbin

I just found this on YouTube. It is a lovely performance of a tune composed by the singer, Rabbi Danielle Upbin (of Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater, FL), called “Amar Rabbi Elazar” (Rabbi Elazar Taught). The piano accompaniment is by yours truly. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for listening!

Sung in Hebrew
Rabbi Eleazar used to quote Rabbi Hanina, who said: “Scholars increase peace in the world, as it is written in the holy Scriptures: ‘When all Your children will have learned of Adonai, the Lord, and will have been taught the Torah, His teachings, their peace shall be great.’ One should not understand this as a reference merely to ‘Your children,’ but, rather, to them as ‘Your builders.’ They who love Torah have great and everlasting peace, and they will not stumble [on life’s path]. May peace abide within your surroundings, and prosperity within your abodes. For the sake of my brothers and friends, I say: Peace be with you!”

 

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