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and Kol Nashim, the women's choir of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale
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March 2017

In this issue:
- Sing Out for SafeHouse - Kol Nashim's collaborative concert
- Just in time for Passover!

- Lest We Forget

- Poetry Corner 

- Save the Dates


Sing Out for SafeHouse!

Join the NINETY women of Kol Nashim, Fourteeners, the Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir’s select women’s choir, and Impromptu, when they raise their voices in support of the challenges facing battered women and children.
Sing out for SafeHouse!, a benefit concert on behalf of SafeHouse Denver, Inc.,which serves victims of domestic violence and their children through both an emergency shelter and a non-residential Counseling and Advocacy Center.
Click here for a concert preview and more about SafeHouse, Denver Inc.

Sing out for SafeHouse!

Sunday, March 19, 2017
4:00 p.m.
3600 South Ivanhoe
Denver, CO 80237

Click Here to pre-purchase tickets or make a donation.
100% of box office receipts will be passed on to
SafeHouse Denver, Inc

Youth and Families:
NEW socks of any size are accepted at the door,
in lieu of a cash donation

for more information:
(303) 766 5324


Just in time for Passover

Following the success of its September, 2016 program, “Just in time for Rosh HaShanah!”, the Colorado Hebrew Chorale presents “Just in time for Passover!”, happening a few days before Pesach.

From the settings of such classics as the Sabbath hymn Shalom Aleichem (“Peace Be Onto You”) and Naomi Shemer’s iconic Yerushalayim Shel Zahav (“Jerusalem of Gold”) to the instructive “Singing Seder Table”, the Chorale’s eclectic repertoire will have something for everyone! 

See our new Poetry Corner below, for information about Avrom Reisen(1876-1953)’s  Zog Maran, which will be performed as part of this concert.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
6 p.m.
Kavod Senior Life 
22 South Adams Street
Denver CO 80209.
Free and open to the public.
No RSVPs required


Lest We Forget

The Colorado Hebrew Chorale is honored to once again participate in the Jack Goldman annual Yom HaShoah/ Holocaust Remembrance Day program of the Hebrew Educational Alliance.

This year’s tribute, “Lest We Forget” focuses on objects such as letters and diaries shared by local survivors, and an interview of local survivor Cantor Zachary Kutner by his family. Cantor Kutner will also be joined by his wife, Trudy, who will share her story of having left Vienna as a teenager for Shanghai.

“Lest We Forget”  
Thursday evening, April 27, 2017,
6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.



Save the Dates

Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.- Kol Nashim presents Woman to Woman 2017, at Bonai Shalom, Boulder

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. - Kol Nashim presents Woman to Woman 2017, at Rodef Shalom, Denver

Friday, June 2, 2017 - Kol Nashim returns to the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs.

Poetry Corner  

Avrom Reisen and Zog Maran 
(Tell Me, Marrano) 

During 2017, Kolot Colorado will share some insights on words and textual focus of repertoire we are performing.  Understanding the true meaning and greater context of a text is an essential part of the transmission of choral music from the composer and arranger, through the performer and to the audience.

When Russian poet Avrom Reisen (1876-1953) relocated to the United States in 1914, he already had an international reputation as a Yiddish writer. Because many of his poems have the character of folksongs, a number of them have been set to music. Reisen’s holiday poetry tells a story, and uses the story’s setting to evoke the holiday spirit.

In Zog, Maran, Reisen focuses on a dimension that the Pesach rituals assumed for Jews since the beginning of the Common Era: occurring close to Easter, this was the festival that most set Jews apart, and, in times of overt anti-Semitism, made observant Jews most vulnerable.

Reisen’s mention of the Marrano, which refers to those Jews living on the Iberian Peninsula who converted (or were forced to convert) to Christianity yet continued to practice Judaism in secret, further heightens this poignant narrative.

Zog, Maran’s story is told using a rhetorical pattern: in each verse, the poet asks the Marrano a question about how he secretly observes the holiday rituals (making a seder, making matzoh, keeping a Hagode, and, finally, what would happen if the anti-Semites heard the seder in progress). The Marrano answers and the poet repeats the answer.

Shmuel Bugatch (1898-1984)’s setting of Zog, Maran (Tell Me, Marrano) is among the best- known songs in the Yiddish Passover oeuvre. Click Here to hear a performance of this setting.

The Colorado Hebrew Chorale will sing Mark Zuckerman (b. 1948)’s, newer masterful arrangement of Zog, Maran at our two April 2017 performances, “Just in time for Passover” at Kavod Senior Life in Denver (4/06/17) and at the Hebrew Educational Alliance’s annual Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) program (4/27/17).

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Colorado Hebrew Chorale
Regular Rehearsals
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Hebrew Educational Alliance
3600 South Ivanhoe Street
Denver, Co, 80237

Accepting qualified singers in all voice parts.
No knowledge of Hebrew necessary.

For more information
Contact Carol Kozak Ward
Music Director
Tel (303) 355-0232


Kol Nashim Women's Choir
Regular Rehearsals
5:45 - 7:15 p.m.
Hebrew Educational Alliance
3600 South Ivanhoe Street
Denver, CO 80237

For More Information
Contact Leah Peer
Music Director
Tel (303) 766 -5324


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