The Edge of Music
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|Maxine Dovere||May 26th 2012|
Matthew â€œMatiâ€ Lazar has been dedicated to the creation of Jewish music for most of his life. On Sunday, May 20th, the Maestro and his Chorale celebrated their reunification of at a grand â€œCelebrate Jerusalemâ€ concert in the Frederick P. Rose Hall at JAZZ at Lincoln Center. The songs of the Zamir Chorale - and some of its extraordinary friends, Yehoram Gaon and Alberto Mizrach â€“ resonated in the mid-Manhattan auditorium, telling the history of Israel and its capital city in music.
Lazar carries his singers, young and â€œolder,â€ to unique musical heights. As Director of the Zamir Choral Foundation, a position he has held for forty years, he gives teenagers and adults opportunities to sing Jewish music across America, in Israel and in international venues. The Yom Yerushalayim â€“ Jerusalem Day â€“ concert celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem after the Six Day War was no exception. A robust chorale, directed by an enthusiastic Lazar, entertained a packed house with two hours of extraordinary musical presentations, evoking a range of emotional responses.
2012 is the 45th anniversary of amalgamation of Israelâ€™s capital. The Zamir Choral is just a bit older, as it turned fifty just two years ago. Lazar has been at its helm more that 80% of those years, successfully raising awareness of Jewish identity and culture through music.