Canter Offers Free Lecture Series In Bibical Poetry And Spirit

Cantor Perry Fine of Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston will lead a fascinating free two-part series, called “Miriam and the Women Sang: Biblical Poetry and the Creative Musical Spirit,” on Thurs., Oct. 27, at 12:30 p.m., and Nov. 3, at 2:30 p.m., at the Morris County Library in Whippany. Fine’s classes are sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section’s Our Jewish World.
 
Fine says, “Join us as we explore together some of the great poetry of the Bible and how composers over the centuries have set those words to music.” The classes are open to the public.
 
Among the topics the cantor will address are: What are the earliest biblical songs? How did these melodies make their way into Jewish tradition? How did composers, both Jewish and non-Jewish, find inspiration in these texts?
 
Fine is now in his 23rd year in the cantorate. He has been singing Jewish music ever since his days as a boy soprano soloist with Hazzan Hillel Lipsicas’s High Holiday choir in his hometown of Baltimore. His recordings include settings of the Yom Kippur Service for the Milken Archive Series of Jewish Music and music for the Friday Night Live Service.
 
Fine is one of the co-founders of Voices in Harmony, an interfaith choral ensemble, now in its 16th year, and more recently, co-founder, with Cantor Sharon Brown-Levy, of Voices of Livingston, now joined together as Voices in Harmony of Essex County. In April 2009, Fine was awarded the Conservative Movement’s Nathan H. Winter Award for Professional Excellence. For the past 15 years, Fine has served on the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching Biblical Cantillation to budding cantorial and rabbinical students.
 
The NCJW a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. For further information about NCJW, West Morris Section, visit www.ncjwwestmorris.org.
 
To register for Fine’s classes, RSVP to ellen.nesson@gmail.org.
 

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