CLARK — Performing artist Sol Zim is scheduled to appear in concert at Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah , 111 Valley Road in Clark, on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m.
Zim has a worldwide following as a virtuoso cantor and composer of many melodies sung in synagogue services throughout the world. His great passion is “to pass on the love of Jewish music to the next generation” and he always encourages young performers to participate in his concerts.
This Hanukkah concert in Clark will feature the 40-member choir of the Solomon Schechter Day School under the direction of Josh Ehrlich. Also performing will be Cantor Steven Stern and the Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah Chorale.
A graduate of Yeshiva University High School in Brooklyn, the Jewish Theological Seminary Cantorial Institute, and Brooklyn College, Zim attained a Masters Degree from New York University and received his Doctorate of Music, honoris causa, from the Jewish Theological Seminary. During this time, he was awarded the Max Wohlberg Cantorial Award for composition from the Cantor’s Assembly, attaining recognition by his colleagues as a “Cantors’ Cantor”.
For a period of time, Zim studied voice with Kurt Baum as well as 20 operatic roles with Julius Rudel of the NY Metropolitan Opera. The Cantor was offered contracts with the Vienna State Opera Theatre and the Israeli Opera Company, however, after contemplating what was most important to him, he decided to devote his life to the furtherance of Jewish music, which since his youth had been his passionate mission.
Zim is celebrated for his highly distinctive compositions and has written hundreds of popular & recognizable Jewish melodies and arrangements, such as L’dor Vador, Adon Olam, Kad’shenu, Sim Shalom, and Avinu Shebashamayim, which are sung in congregations the world over. “I wrote arrangements you have heard so often in synagogue you thought they come from Sinai,” he once said.
Zim’s 25 recordings feature Yiddish, Israeli, Chassidic, Broadway, opera and pop music. Most of his recordings contain original material and they include music for all ages. His 13 books of original music are used throughout the world by Cantors, Rabbis and Educators and his “Anthologies” (for Shabbat, Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur/S’lichot) have become leading guides and textbooks for Cantorial study. Zim’s “Avinu Shebashamayim” is a highly popular concert favorite that has virtually become a second National Anthem in the State of Israel.
Zim involves his audiences and congregants in order to create a spiritual connection through participation. “We must involve our people in prayer and daven together with them to heighten and illuminate the SPIRIT in our congregations”, says Zim.
Zim performs to sold out audiences throughout the U.S., England, Canada, Australia, South America, South Africa and Israel. His singing is not limited to land, and in April 2009 Zim participated in services aboard the Holland America as it sailed through the Panama Canal.
Tickets for the Dec. 5 concert are available by calling 1-732-381-8403. Sponsorships which include preferred seating and a complimentary CD are also available.
For more information on the concert, to purchase tickets, and to find out more about the traditional services, education classes, and a host of many other events, call the Synagogue at the number listed above, or log onto its website at www.bethorbethtorah.org.
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