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The Three Cantors Perform At the Museum of Jewish Heritage 4/10

On Sunday, April 10 at 3 p.m., three of the world's greatest cantors, Alberto Mizrahi, Benzion Miller, and Naftali Herstik will perform the program from their acclaimed PBS special, which has been internationally praised for its uniquely joyful and deeply spiritual music. Cantors, A Faith in Song will take place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.

Tickets are $35 and $25 for members. Tickets are available online at www.mjhnyc.org or by calling the Museum box office at 646.437.4202.

Called the first super group of cantors, Mizrahi, Miller, and Herstik perform music from a wide range of Jewish repertoire including music from the Broadway stage, Yiddish folk songs, Sephardic melodies, and liturgical selections. Highlights of this program, which was originally performed and recorded at the historic Portuguese synagogue in Amsterdam, include "Sunrise, Sunset," from Fiddler on the Roof, Yiddish favorites"Mayn Yiddishe Mama," and "Tumbalalaika," and some of the most moving Jewish prayers including the Kaddish, Kol Nidre, and Avinu Malkenu. They will be joined by a choir and orchestra.

Greek-born tenor Alberto Mizrahi, one of the world's leading interpreters of Jewish music, is the cantor of the historic Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago. Hazan Mizrahi also serves on the faculty of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School in New York. Known as the "Jewish Pavarotti," he has thrilled audiences worldwide in recitals, symphony concerts, and opera, and on countless recordings.

Cantor Benzion Miller is the cantor at the prestigious Young Israel Beth-El of Borough Park, Brooklyn. Acclaimed as one of the foremost interpreters of Liturgical Music, Cantor Miller is equally at home in operatic repertoire and Jewish and Hassidic folk music. He has appeared with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, the Haifa Symphony, and members of the London Symphony and at sold out concerts in Romania, Russia, Poland, and Hungry, where he sang with the Budapest State Opera Orchestra.

Cantor Naftali Herstik is the chief cantor of the magnificent Jerusalem Great Synagogue. He graduated from the Royal College of Music in London. Cantor Herstik, currently the director of the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute, has a worldwide reputation as a superb concert artist with rare elegance and style. He has sung with the London Festival Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and most recently with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, as well as with some of the finest choirs in the world.

This program is made possible through a generous grant from the Keller-Shatanoff Foundation. Additional support provided by Priscilla and Harold Grabino and Luna Kaufman.
About the Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Museum's three-floor Core Exhibition educates people of all ages and backgrounds about the rich tapestry of Jewish life over the past century-before, during, and after the Holocaust. Special exhibitions include Last Folio: A Photographic Journey with Yuri Dojc, opening March 25; Fire in My Heart: The Hannah Senesh Story, on view through August 7, 2011; and The Morgenthaus: A Legacy of Service, on view through September 5, 2011. It is also home to the award-winning Keeping History Center, an interactive visitor experience, and Andy Goldsworthy's memorial Garden of Stones. The Museum offers visitors a vibrant public program schedule in its Edmond J. Safra Hall and receives general operating support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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