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March 21, 2003 - Image 69

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-03-21

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of Washington Hebrew
Congregation, who also
has performed the role I
will be singing," Cantor
Dubov says.
"Since this piece was
first composed, there have
been some very fine can-
tors who have sung it, and
I am glad to be counted
among them. This is a
well-written tenor part,
and I've helped the choir
Jewish members of Rackham Symphony Choir include,
with the pronunciation
left to right, Ray Litt, Emily Echenhorn, Avatal Granot
and understanding of the
Ruth Zaromp: "The wonder of music is that it
Hebrew text.
differences among people," says Litt.
"The composer is
obviously familiar with -
and String Quartet.
our prayers and blends two liturgies
"I like Yizkor Requiem because it's
into one fine masterpiece. The astute
a good program, not because it's a
listener may walk away with the
good religious program," says Ruth
understanding that life-cycle events
Zaromp, a Jewish Rackham member
in all religions are alike. They will be
who has sung with the group for
able to hear, through the music, a
seven years. "It's well-structured."
blend of our spiritual expression."
Zaromp, born in Israel, took up
Cantor Dubov came to
singing later in life and
the role after being intro-
has performed at temples
duced to Rackham's artistic
and churches. She enjoys
and music director/conduc-
working across religious
tor Suzanne Acton by Ray
lines because of the posi-
Litt, one of the Jewish
tive responses she has
members of the choral
group. Litt also recom-
Beveridge salutes the
mended the piece after
singers in choral groups
hearing it on a Canadian
who give so much of their
classical 'music station.
time to the communica-
"I thought this work
"Yizkor Requiem"
tion of diverse music.
would be a wonderful way
soloist Cantor
"I find the whole phe-
to show what different reli-
Stephen Dubov: "The nomenon of nonprofes
gions have in common and
astute listener may
sional singing fascinat-
provide a good opportunity walk away with the
ing," the composer says.
to bring Christians and
understanding that
"I have the largest choral
Jews together," explains
life-cycle events in all society in Washington, and
Litt, who has been a mem-
religions are alike."
I don't audition anyone.
ber of the more than half-
There are so many people
century old chorus for some
who like to sing choral music and
20 years, although not continuously.
express themselves that way, and I think
"We have tried to bring a wide
I was meant to work with other people
spectrum of music to people, and the
and bring satisfaction to their lives." ❑
wonder of music is that it transcends
differences among people."
Before suggesting that Rackham
Yizkor Requiem: A Quest for
present the piece, Litt spoke with the
Spiritual Roots will be presented 3
composer, who first came to public
p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Saints
attention in his late teens, when the
Peter and Paul Church, Jefferson
Harvard Glee Club performed his
Ave. at St. Antoine, in Detroit.
works. Beveridge created an opera,
$15 in advance/ $18 at door.
Dido and Aeneas, when ne was 19
(313) 272-0334.
and has gone on to compose more
Rackham Symphony Choir, a
than 450 works in all media, includ-
nonprofit cultural organization,
ing three symphonies and more than
selects its members by audition
150 songs.
from experienced choral singers
Among Beveridge's best-known
throughout southeastern
works are the oratorio Once: In
Michigan. To learn more about
Memoriam with Martin Luther King,
Rackham Symphony Choir, go
Jr., the song cycle Odysseus for Bass
to www.rackhamchoir.org.
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