A Musical Mix of Old and New: Judith Clurman's Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit

November 17, 2014 11:54 PM

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Essential Voices USA conductor Judith Clurman started work on her CD, Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit, several years ago, but the project really began when she was a little girl in synagogue. "The music is a combination of traditional melodies that I've known since childhood and music that I have personally commissioned or arranged during the past ten years," Clurman said in a recent interview. The CD was released on October 28th on the Sono Luminus label.

As a member of Clurman's Essential Voices USA (though not a singer on the CD) and someone who also grew up with many of these melodies, I have a personal connection to the music. I delighted in a choral arrangement of the late Debbie Friedman's "Oseh Shalom," a favorite tune of mine from synagogue, ...

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