Symposium on the role of women in Jewish music

This event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Boston.

The Zamir Chorale of Boston presents a symposium on the role of women in Jewish music Wednesday, May 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at Temple Reyim, 1860 Washington Street in Newton. Cosponsored by Temple Reyim and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University, the program will feature a panel of distinguished women composers, conductors and scholars, including New York composer Benjie Ellen Schiller, Columbia, SC, composer Meira Warshauer, Los Angeles conductor Noreen Green, Philadelphia conductor Julia Zavadsky, Rutgers University musicologist Rebecca Cypess, and Boston musicologist Judith Pinnolis.

For centuries the voices of women were suppressed – in synagogues, churches, mosques, and concert halls. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Jewish women played a prominent role in the musical salons of Western Europe, but it was not until the 20th century that compositions by women would be published and their works heard on concert stages. We will explore what has changed and why.

Coordinated with the symposium, Zamir will present Kolot Nashim: a concert of Jewish music by women composers on June 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m., at Brandeis University's Slosberg Music Hall.

Effective date: 
Monday, March 9, 2020