Give Ear to Thy People: Choral Music from the Jewish Tradition

Osnat NetzerMusica Sacra Presents World Premiere by Israeli Composer
This Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 8:00 PM
Musica Sacra will explore Jewish choral
repertoire that juxtaposes the sacred and secular, the ancient and
contemporary, the traditional and innovative. The concert, entitled
Give Ear to Thy People: Choral Music from the Jewish Tradition, will
feature Paths of Stone and Water, a world premiere written for Musica
Sacra by Osnat Netzer, Israeli composer and pianist. The concert also
includes Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning, which sets the Genesis
creation story, music by Noam Elkies, Yiddish choral music from the
early 20th century, and other selections from the Jewish diaspora.

Give Ear to Thy People: Choral Music from the Jewish Tradition
Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 8:00 PM

First Church Congregational
11 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA
(Near Harvard Square)
Reserved: $40
General: $25
Student/Senior: $15

Osnat Netzer is a composer, pianist, arranger and currently a theory
teacher at the New England Conservatory in Boston. She is the
impresario and coordinator of an annual holocaust memorial concert at
New England Conservatory. Her works have been performed in Israel,
Germany and the United States at venues such as the Jerusalem Music
Center, Boston’s Jordan Hall, events such as Israel’s “Sounds in
the Desert” festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and
broadcast on Israeli National Radio. Netzer attended the Israel Arts
and Science Academy in Jerusalem, obtained a BM in piano and
composition from the Jerusalem Music Academy and a MM in composition
and theory from Mannes College of Music in New York. She is currently
studying composition with John Heiss and Lee Hyla in the New England
Conservatory DMA program.

From a choral repertoire spanning five centuries, Musica Sacra
performs works both familiar and rare, with a crisp passion that
awakes the listener to yearnings and joys, sorrows and delights—all
that defines and inspires the best in human lives. Since 1959, Musica
Sacra has been performing choral music with the highest standards of
musical excellence. Director Mary Beekman, now in her 29th season,
continues to thrill singers and audiences with a varied and engaging
repertoire. Musica Sacra is a non-profit organization funded by the
generous donations of its supporters and in part by grants from the
Massachusetts Cultural Council and by the Inavale Foundation. Musica
Sacra will celebrate its 50th anniversary, and Mary Beekman’s 30th
anniversary as conductor, in its landmark 2009-2010 season.