It’s been a long, hot summer, friends, but we have used the down time well. Many of us attended the North American Jewish Choral Festival in July during which several hundred singers, conductors, cantors, and avid listeners descend on the aging but hospitable Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in Kerhonkson, NY for 5 days of song and camaraderie. Not only do we get to learn some new music to sing, we’re treated to concerts from choruses from all over the U.S. and Canada (and even some young people from Israel!). We take careful notes and bring our favorite pieces to our own Kol Rinah as new repertoire for the coming year. I think you’ll really like what we’ve got planned for this coming year!
As a special treat, this year the Festival honored 92-year-old Flory Jagoda, a delightful musician who combines the Sephardic melodies of her youth with her own talents to give to the world songs like Ocho Kandelikas (which she said just sprang out of her – like a baby!), La Rosa, Siete Ijos, Hamisha Asar, and so much more! Many of us got to spend some one-on-one time with her — an experience we won’t soon forget! Take a look at some of us with the brilliant Flory Jagoda:
Now we’re gearing up for two events. First of all, we are having our annual Tag Sale on Sunday, August 30, from 9:00 a.m. till about 2:00 p.m. rain or shine at 1410 Chatham Lane, Yorktown Heights (in the Hanover development). It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year, so if you’re in the area, we’d love you to come by, take a look at what we have, and just schmooze with us.
Following closely on the Tag Sale will be our annual Open House. Have you ever thought about joining Kol Rinah as a singer? Come to our rehearsal on Wednesday, September 2, at 7:15 and sing along with us. If you like it and we feel like a good fit for you, speak to Ben Gruder, our conductor, about a gentle, private audition.
We’re excited about all of our plans for the coming year. Stay posted!
Wendy Segal for Kol Rinah