Modern ties to cantorial music

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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein, known for his major contributions as a world class composer in a multiplicity of styles, was also a virtuoso pianist and orchestra conductor of the highest caliber. Born into an orthodox Jewish home, Maestro Bernstein was raised in a Conservative synagogue in the Boston area.  At least 20 of his works contain Jewish musical elements, motifs, themes, contents, and theology, reflecting his upbringing, education, and identity. 

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Avodath Hakodesh: Sacred Service for Baritone (Cantor), Mixed Chorus and Orchestra: Part I:

Lenard Bernstien conducting a choir
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Leonard Bernstein - Israelite Chorus, Y'varekh'kha, Hashkiveinu

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The Music of Leonard Bernstein

An online discussion with Hazzan David F. Tilman examines the works of Leonard Bernstein using a rich variety of musical recordings and archival photographs.

A Song and a Prayer

Cantorial Music in Maine​