Cantors in Concert-An Evening of Musical Delight
On Monday evening, May 23rd, we had a wonderful time at the Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood where we attended "Cantors in Concert-An Evening of Musical Delight" put on by the "Friends of the Maltz Museum" and featuring Cantor Kathryn Sebo, from the Temple-Tifereth Israel, and Ms. Laura Lindauer, Cantorial Soloist at the Suburban Temple-Kol Ami, singing to the piano accompaniment of Mr. Marshall Griffith who is on the faulty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Director of Music at the Temple-Tifereth Israel.
Prior to the start of the entertainment, we were addressed by Mr. Victor Goodman, President of "Friend of the Maltz Museum"; Mr. Jeff Kaplan, the event chair; and Ms. Ellen Rudolph, Executive Director of the Maltz Museum, who told us that funds raised from the performance go towards the Museum's educational and community outreach endeavors and that the concert should be over in time for everyone to go home and watch the CAVS.
In the course of the evening, we spoke with Mr. Goodman (who told us to be sure to say hello to his good friend, Ms. Margaret W. Wong); Mr. Jeffrey Allen, Education and Public Programs Director at the Maltz Museum; and Ms. Erika Gold, who we met before at the Maltz Museum and who sat beside us that evening, about the roles of the Cantor and the Cantorial Soloist in the Jewish faith as well as their differences and similarities.
The concert itself was a wonderful blend of songs sometimes sung individually by Cantor Sebo and Ms. Lindauer and sometimes sung together. Along the way there were tributes to mothers and to the great songwriter Mr. Irving Berlin who (we didn't know this before) immigrated to the United States from what was then the Russian Empire back in 1893 when he was only five years old. There were also songs that were tough to categorize but Cantor Sebo and Ms. Lindauer wanted to sing them anyway so they did.
We recognized quite a few of them and there were splendid renditions of such favorites as "You'll Never Walk Alone", "The Last Time I Saw Paris", "Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)", and "Friendship".
Obviously very good friends, Cantor Sebo and Ms. Lindauer had a good time doing a cantorial parody of "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better" and singing the themes from "Gilligan's Island" and "Jeopardy" in Hebrew.
On a more serious note, Cantor Sebo did a beautiful job singing "Children of the Wind" from a show entitled "Rags" which she, herself, once starred in about a mother and son fleeing Russia and immigrating to the United States. Cantor Sebo said that she was inspired to sing this song at this time by the current Syrian refugee situation.
True to everyone's word, the show ended in time for all of us to get home to watch the CAVS who ended up beating the Celtics 112 to 99 so for those who attended they concert, it was two events to cheer about in one evening.
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