Barzilai and Gildar set out on an evening exploring song and prayer through music from around the world. Their wide-ranging program includes music by: Koussevitzky, Loew, Kvartin, Malavsky, Elstein, Zim, Pucinni, Shemer, and others.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Tenor Shmuel Barzilai (photo by Lev Tsimring) was born into a family of cantors in 1957 in Jerusalem, Israel. The essentials of cantorial singing were brought to him by the Viennese Cantor Zalman Polak before he graduated from the Institute of Music and Cantorial Singing in Tel Aviv. Following his classical music education, Barzilai majored in philosophy and Judaic studies at the University of Vienna. He became the Chief Cantor of the Vienna Jewish Community in 1992. Barzilai performs regularly throughout Europe, Israel, and the US and has participated in various music festivals, both as a soloist and with the Jerusalem Great Synagogue Choir, which tours Europe every year. He also has recorded many CDs and was chosen to sing the prayer El Maleh Rachamim at the memorial service in Mauthausen in 2000.
Pianist Daniel Gildar who was born in Cleveland, Ohio, studied piano, theory, and voice at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He then took part in seven historic missions to Eastern and Central Europe under the auspices of the Chaim and Gila Weiner Society for the Advancement of Cantorial Art. Gildar has an international reputation as an accompanist of Jewish music in voice and piano and accompanied every concert produced by Cantors of the World as well as the annual conventions of the Cantorial Council of America. Daniel Gildar not only performes all around the world as a cantor and pianist but also engages in vocal coaching and teaching the art of chazanut, a form of Jewish Liturgical Music.