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The New York Cantors

Backed by a 33-piece orchestra and male choir, the cantors perform at Amsterdam’s revered 17th-century Portuguese synagogue.

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Three young cantors, all rising stars in the world’s Jewish music scene, are brought together in Amsterdam’s revered 17th century Portuguese Synagogue for a concert of Jewish sacred and secular music arranged for orchestra and choir. The New York Cantors are comprised of Brooklyn-born Yaakov (Yanky) Lemmer, cantor of the Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York City; Azi Schwartz, a native of Israel and cantor at New York’s Park Avenue Synagogue; and Netanel Hershtik, cantor at The Hampton Synagogue, Westhampton Beach, New York, also Israeli-born.

Some of the most beautiful songs in Jewish musical history are prayers sung by cantors during Shabbat services. For this concert, these ancient songs have been given splendid new arrangements by the accomplished Dutch composer-arranger Bob Zimmerman. The program also includes favorite secular songs evoking memories of Jewish tradition and rich musical culture, as well as music with a nod to Broadway.

Maestro Jules van Hessen and his 33-piece orchestra and eight-voice male choir support the cantors, recorded under 1000 glowing candles in one of the most architecturally important synagogues in the world.