Light to Light: Music for Shabbat

On November 17 and 18, 2007
The Yavneh Ensemble will present
From Light to Light: Music for Shabbat,
conducted by Robert A.M. Ross.
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2007
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: The Ethical Society Building, 1906 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA

Date: Sunday, November 18, 2007
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, Lancaster Avenue and Remington Road, Wynnewood, PA

Tickets: Preferred seating $36.00
General Admission $18.00
Student with ID $9.00

Tickets may be purchased online at
Or call 215-849-4129

Through a wide variety of choral music, with narration, Shabbat will be experienced
from the light of Friday night candles until the light of the Havdalah candle.

The original choral versions of well-known synagogue tunes by 19th century composers
Solomon Sulzer, (Torah service music) Louis Lewandowski (Tov L’Hodot/Tzadik Katamar)
and Eliezer Gerovitsch (Adon Olam). Some surprises will be in store.

Contemporary settings of the liturgy and z’mirot by Robert Applebaum, Yehezkel
Braun, Meir Finkelstein, Ben Steinberg, Tzipora Jochsberger, and others.

Imaginative settings of Yiddish songs for Mincha and Havdalah by Artistic Director
Robert A.M. Ross.

The spectacular Zavel Zilberts Havdalah.

The Yavneh Ensemble, founded in 2006, is a choral ensemble of professional and
experienced amateur singers. Through repertoire selected for both music and text,
and accompanying narration, we endeavor to present a high quality musical and
educational experience. Our previous concerts of this type have been:

June 2006: Bareikh et Medinat Yisrael: Voices of Israel Today (Congregation Adath
June 2007: The 49 Days: Music of the Omer Period (Congregation Adath Jeshurun)

In November 2006, Yavneh appeared with Hazzan Stephen Freedman and Hazzan Alisa
Pomerantz-Boro at Temple Sinai in Dresher, Pa, in a program commemorating Hazzan
Freedman’s 25th year in the cantorate.

Artistic Director Robert A.M. Ross (b. 1955) is a graduate of Temple University,
with degrees in music education, conducting and composition. He is Artistic and
Music Director of Voces Novae et Antiquae (a professional choral ensemble in
Philadelphia), and choirmaster, professional chorister and assistant to the cantor
at Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park, PA. For ten years was Music Director
of the Mak’helat Beth Sholom (Singers of Beth Sholom) at Temple Beth Sholom in
Cherry Hill, NJ. Two years ago, he was appointed to the full-time music faculty of
Community College of Philadelphia where he teaches Music Theory and History and
directs the CCP Vocal Ensemble.