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November 11, 1966 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-11-11

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Frohman's Avodat Hakodesh Oratorio
Scores Triumph as Great Composition

Don Frohman is the hero of the I Significant roles were played by
The composer of the musical
week in musical circles. His the Shaarey Zedek cantors, Jacob
composition, Don Frohman, di-
"Avodat Hako des h Oratorio," Sonenklar and Reuven Frankel.
rected choir, orchestra and solo-
which had its premier at the Appearing with them were Cantors ists with
great skill and his mas-
Shaarey Zedek Monday night, is so Hyman Adler, Louis Koein, Shab-
terful control of every nuance
impressive, it is such a magnifi- tai Ackerman. They appeared as
gave the performance great dig-
cent composition, that the nearly soloists and in duets.
nity.
2,000 people who formed the audi- I An important role was played by
Louis Berry, president of the
ence, filling the central section of , the Dan Frohman Choral of male
congregation, presenting a testi-
the
Shaarey
Zedek
sanctuary
and
and
female
voices
and
a
trio
from
nearly all of the left portion that
monial to Frohman in appreciation
was opened to accommodate the this able choir — Lama Shetzer, of his 18 years of service as choir
vast gathering, gave it and the Max Miller and Joseph Cantor — director at the Shaarey Zedek,
c antors, choir and orchestra a pro- had a special role in the stirrinc, properly called the event another
concluding number, Unsane Tokef, notable achievement in Shaarey
longed ovation.
which was sung by Cantor Barkin. Zedek's history. Max M. Shaye,
This oratorio is based on the
Both the choir and the accom- chairman of the synagogue's fine
Holy Day services. The first por-
panying
orchestra added im- arts commission which arranged
tion is the Rosh Hashana and the
mensely to the significance of the concert, greeted the gathering.
second the Yom Kippur service.
the concert which proceeded Rabbi Irwin Groner spoke briefly
Marked by modernized factors,
smoothly, uninterruptedly, for before each portion of the oratorio,
the retention of the traditional
nearly two hours, with a single explaining the Holy Day symbolists
hymns, the emphasis on the
intermission. The re-enactment as they were interpreted in the
liturgical texts, made the work
of
the sacred service was so im- songs of that evening.
stand out for its grandeur.
pressive that the solemnity of the
Local cantors were the soloists Holy Days again was in evidence
The immensity of the function,
and there were two noted guest in the synagogue.
the brilliance of the composition,
artists—Cantors Jacob Barkin and
the cantorial and choral skills that
David Kusevitsky.
The well-coordinated program in- went into the making of the un-
volving cantors, choir and orches- usual musical performance, made
tra was marked by a blending of the Monday evening concert an
I talents that made the event artis- outstanding
cultural function in the
tically outstanding.
Jewish community.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Dayan to Address
ZOA Event Nov. 27

NEW YORK — I ■ laj. Gen. Moshe
Dayan, former commander in chief
of Israel's Defense F or c es and
architect of the Sinai Campaign,
will be the principal speaker at the
annual dinner of the Zionist Organ-
ization of America, Nov. 27, at the
New York Hilton Hotel, commemo-
' rating the 19th anniversary of the
passage of the United Nations
resolution for the establishment
of the State of Israel.

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(A Seven Arts Feature)

Bibliography of Agnon's Works
Available from Book Council
A selected bibliography of S. Y.
Agnon's works in English transla-
tion is being distributed by the
Jewish Book Council of America,
which is sponsored by the National
Jewish Welfare Board. Copies are
available on written request to the
Jewish Book Council of America,
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Old Vintage . . .
Among the presents received by
David Ben-Gurion on his 80th
birthday were 12 bottles of wine
of 1907 vintage. The present was
a gift by a Rishon L'Zion winery.
In an accompanying letter, the don-
ors reminded Ben Gurion that they
had chosen that vintage because
they remembered that in 1907
young Ben Gurion was working in
the colony as a wine presser.
* *
The Nobel Prize . . .
Would Samuel Y. Agnon have
received the Nobel Prize in Liter-
ature if there had been no Israel?
Agnon gave the answer in 1957
when he was interviewed by the
late Yiddish writer Jacob Pat. At
the time, there were rumors that
Agnon was being considered for the
prize, but he himself had his
doubts. In a book published in
1950 by Jacon Pat, Agnon is
quoted as having said: "As long as
Israel is nat strong and secure and
must depend on other countries,
Israeli writers will not receive any
prizes for writing. Jews will be
awarded prizes for chemistry,
medicine, mathematics, for best
devices to smoke out vermin, but
not for literature."
This story adds further color to
the verity that the true artist is a
seer.
* * *
Yes and No . . .
A number of readers have writ-
ten in challenging Jewish press re-
ports that Agnon and Miss Nelly
Sachs were the first Jewish re-
cipients of the coveted Nobel Prize
in Literature.
Actually, the first "Jewish" win-
ner of the Nobel Prize in Litera-
ture was the famed French phil-
sopher Henri Bergson, who re-
eived the award in Ina But that
2ion of a distinguished hassidic
amily in Poland, who was himself
deeply immersed in mysticism, had
reputedly been converted to Ca-
tholicism. The other "Jewish" win-
ner was Boris Pasternak of the
Soviet Union, but he too had
espoused Christianity.
But whether Agnon and Miss
Sachs were first or not is less im-
portant than the fact that they had
specifically been singled out for
Jewish creativity.

Friday, November 11, 1966-7

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