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May 23, 2012 10:18 am

A Lifetime of Jewish Music on Display at Lincoln Center

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Matthew “Mati” Lazar has been dedicated to the creation of Jewish music for most of his life.  On Sunday, May 20th, the Maestro and his Chorale celebrated their reunification of at a grand “Celebrate Jerusalem” concert in the Frederick P. Rose Hall at JAZZ at Lincoln Center.  The songs of the Zamir Chorale  – and some of its extraordinary friends, Yehoram Gaon and Alberto Mizrach – resonated in the mid-Manhattan auditorium, telling the history of Israel and its capital city in music.

Lazar carries his singers, young and “older,” to unique  musical heights.  As Director of the Zamir Choral Foundation, a position he has held for forty years, he gives teenagers and adults opportunities to sing Jewish music across America, in Israel and in international venues. The Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day – concert celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem after the Six Day War was no exception.  A robust chorale, directed by an enthusiastic Lazar, entertained a packed house with two hours of extraordinary musical presentations, evoking a range of emotional responses.

2012 is the 45th anniversary of amalgamation of Israel’s capital.  The Zamir Choral is just a bit older, as it turned fifty just two years ago.

Lazar has been at its helm more that 80% of those years, successfully raising awareness of Jewish identity and culture through music.

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