Music: Sun Sep 16

Oy vey, it’s that time of year again! The Jewish High Holidays culminate with the Yom Kippur Eve prayer Kol Nidre, an annual petition for absolution from vows taken in the past year and in the year to come. Max Bruch’s moving setting of the traditional melody for cello and orchestra or piano has become synonymous with the occasion for many parishioners, as are Ernst Bloch’s moving depictions of Jewish culture, also performed at Sunday’s service.

After a hiatus of nearly 25 years, we welcome back cellist Peter Prosser.
Formerly the cellist of the Royale Trio and winner of the Manogue International and National Arts Club competitions, Peter has had a multifaceted career that has taken him throughout North America as well as South America and Europe. A graduate of the University of Alabama and the Manhattan School of Music he’s worked as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, record producer and conductor. Highlights include recording the Saint-Saens, Lalo and Dvorak concerti for Alabama Public Television, the Haydn D major Concerto for Kentucky Educational Television, producing CDs for the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, making his Broadway conducting debut in 2003 with the production of Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters, and conducting the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra at the Centennial Gala for the Philadelphia Orchestra. He’s also conducted on the American Mosaic series at Concordia College, at the Alabama Summer Music Center, and served as the associate conductor for the National Tour of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods starring Cleo Laine, as assistant conductor for the Broadway revival of La Cage Aux Folles and the 2008 revival of Gypsy with Patti Lupone and was most recently an assistant conductor and principal cellist for the 2009 revival of West Side Story and principal cello for Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway.

Consider arriving by 10am to hear Peter and Music Director Adam Kent in a family-friendly talk about the cello, and read on for programming details.

Prelude: Peter Prosser, cello; Adam Kent, piano
Music for All Ages: On Cellos and Cellists, including a performance of
Supplication from Jewish Life by Ernst Bloch.

Opening Music:
Jewish Song from Jewish Life

Prayer from Jewish Life

Kol Nidre
                                                Max Bruch

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