Our First Concert:
A Prelude to the High Holidays
Sunday, September 14, 2008, was the date of the initial Congregation Kol Emeth musical
concert, A Prelude to the High Holidays, a concert of Hebrew classical music
and other works. It was performed by the Fillmore Ensemble: Sheldon Gershon, violin,
Daniel Golden, viola, Andrew Snow, cello and Salvatore Spina, piano. A concert grand piano
was provided by Kurt Saphir Pianos.
You may not remember that the rain was torrential, streets and basements flooded. Yet 250
people came to the synagogue to listen to music before Rosh Hashanah. Their enthusiasm was
The program included Johannes Brahms, Piano Quartet in G minor, Op.25. Tekiah, Shevarim,
Teruah, Tekiah was hauntingly blown by our very own, Abigail Sloan on the Shofar. This was
followed by Kol Nidre, for cello and piano, Op.47 by Max Bruch.
Three nocturnes for violin, cello and piano by Ernest Bloch was followed by the ensemble
performing lively Klezmer music, arranged by Daniel Golden. Our rabbi, Rabbi Barry
Schechter, was so inspired that he began to dance.
The program ended with our singing Leshana Tova, words: S.Tsesler, music: Chane Mlotek.
Following completion of the concert, the excitement remained and the audience stayed. How
wonderfully appropriate to experience music in the synagogue.
Our Second Concert:
A Prelude to Chanukah
Sunday afternoon, December 6, 2009, there was once again a successful musical event at
Congregation Kol Emeth. In celebration of our musical heritage, “A Prelude to Chanukah”,
was performed by the Fillmore Ensemble and our own Rabbi Schechter.
The Fillmore Ensemble played pieces by Johannes Brahms and Antonin Dvorak. Rabbi Barry
Schechter performed on the violin, a solo composed by Peter
Ilyich Tchaikovsky accompanied by Salvatore Spina on the piano. He received a standing
Following the Classical portion of the concert, The Fillmore Ensemble
together with Rabbi Schechter performed a medley of Chanukah songs. The Klezmer music was
arranged by Daniel Golden. The audience participated at the climax with “Jerusalem of
Gold.” Judging by their faces and their comments, the audience enjoyed the music.
Above photo by Section_Eight