The Meaning of Passover: A Concert to Celebrate Freedom

Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Gindi Auditorium

Co-presented by American Jewish University
a flyer for the LAJS concert "A World of Jewish Music"

The LAJS and the AJU Choir, under the direction of Dr. Noreen Green, joined forces with Dr. Dee and her gospel group, the BYTHAX Singers, and guest soloists, in an exhilarating concert celebrating music from the shared journey toward freedom of Jews and African-Americans. Raymond Goldstein’s The Pesach Cantata and Grammy Award-winning composer Lucas Richman’s gospel cantata In the Day When I Cried Out were performed, along with cantorial selections and Negro spirituals. At concert’s end, the audience rose in its fifth standing ovation of the evening and remained standing to join in singing an encore – the powerful spiritual Go Down, Moses – a perfect expression of the shared triumph of blacks and Jews over slavery.


A native of Washington, DC, Diane White-Clayton holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in music composition from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a B.A. degree in music from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with emphases in composition, voice, and piano. As a rotary scholar, she studied classical piano at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, performing solo gospel concerts throughout Europe as an Ambassador of Goodwill…

Chazan Netanel ‘Nati’ Baram is a native of Jerusalem. His father teaches music, and his mother is a professional artist. Both his parents imbued him with a love of music from a very young age.

The turning point in Nati’s life came when he first attended services at the Jerusalem Great Synagogue. As he listened to the inspiring prayers chanted by the world-renowned Chief Cantor of the Great Synagogue, Naftali Herstik, accompanied by the magnificent choir conducted by Elli Jaffe, Nati made the life-changing decision that he, too, wanted to be a Chazzan…

Colin Schachat was born in Johannesburg, South Africa . He has established himself internationally as a renowned Baritone and Cantor. He performs a wide range of classical and popular repertoire including Musical Theatre, Opera, Neapolitan, Italian, and Spanish songs as well as Yiddish and Hebrew folk music.

Colin is frequently heard performing in concerts with the world’s leading orchestras, choirs and singers . His unique rich baritone voice combined with rare artistic versatility has allowed him to build up an international career beyond Israel, which has been his home since 1992.


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