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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-11-23

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he Zamir Chorale of
Metropolitan Detroit cele-
brates Chanukah with a new
program and a new director.
"Lights! Chanukah! Song!" — pre-
sented at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10,
at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in
Southfield — puts the spotlight on
David Appelman as the new music _
"I like a balance between tra-
ditional and modern music:' says
Appelman, 32, who is replacing
Benjamin Cohen, music director for
13 years. "This concert, as well as
our general program, is planned to
preserve the Jewish cultural past and
move our listeners into 21st-century
music. Because we want to have a ,
broad appeal for our audiences, we
include fast and slow pieces!'
The Festival of Lights event moves
from Louis Lewandowski's powerful
"HaNeiros Halawlu" to Flory Jagoda's
lighter "Ocho Kandelikas" as sing-
ers perform a dozen holiday selec-
tions. Depending on the particular
selections, lyrics can span English,
Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino.
The chorale, which is open to new
members, performs religious music
throughout the community, as does
its new director. Zamir venues range

from synagogues to local television
On Dec. 3, the Sunday before the
Shaarey Zedek concert, the group
will perform at two Jewish senior
residences — 2 p.m. at the Prentis
Apartments in Oak Park and 4 p.m.
at the Meer Apartments in West
"I've built a musical network and
have worked with many musicians:'
says Appelman, a Ferndale resi-
dent who moved to Michigan from
California in 2002. "I'm committed to
enhancing the strength and welfare
of individuals, families, organiza-
tions and communities through cre-
ative, innovative and effective forms
of music and the arts."
Appelman traces his musical
inspiration to family members. His
late paternal grandfather worked as a
vocal professor at Indiana University.
His father, who teaches educational
technology at the same university,
plays drums. His mother, an academ-
ic adviser at Indiana, found her place
at the piano.
"The whole family sings,"
Appelman says.
After starting out at the piano
and trying clarinet in seventh grade,
Appelman moved on to the flute and

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