World premiere of composer Michael Shapiro’s “VOICES” on the Holocaust

At the New York Central Synagogue


New York, NY — The world premiere of Michael Shapiro VOICE to be held at New York’s famed Central Synagogue at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 10, 2022 (652 Lexington Avenue, E. 55e Street). Tickets for the concert are free and available to the public by registering at Central Synagogue website. This performance will feature Daniel Mutlu, Principal Cantor of Central Synagogue, Ember Choral Arts, and the American Modern Ensemble, conducted by Deborah Simpkin King.


The concept of VOICES originated over twenty years ago when Michael Shapiro served as music consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. After reading poems by Sephardic victims of the Holocaust, he wrote the hour-long choral and chamber ensemble as a requiem: “not only [as] a work of memory, but as a warning. The composition is varied in tone and includes notes of cabaret, religious observance, and transcendent echoes that reflect the international impact of the Holocaust on Jews in different countries. According to Shapiro, “the composition offers an ending that testifies to the longing for a Jewish homeland, through which the voices of those who are appeased by evil and tyranny will be heard”.


Video released from the Central Synagogue will be streamed live on its YouTube and Facebook channels, and a recording will be released via Paumanok Records. The show marks a creative collaboration between internationally acclaimed artists Ember Choral Arts (formerly Schola Cantorum on Hudson), which has served the Manhattan and New Jersey areas since its founding in 1995, and the American modern set (formed by Victoria and Robert Paterson) which spotlights contemporary music through lively programming and performs a wide repertoire, using a strong combination of instrumentalists, singers and bandleaders.



About the composer


Michael Shapiro guest conducts internationally and is a laureate conductor of The Chappaqua Orchestra. He has written over 100 works for orchestral, theatre, film, chamber, choral and vocal forces. His music has been performed by many of the world’s leading orchestras and performers in North America and Europe, and much of his music is recorded and available on major platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music. His music is regularly broadcast around the world, including SiriusXM, National Public Radio, BBC, CBC, ABC-Australia, Polskie Radio and over 50 commercial radio stations in North America. His score for the classic film Frankenstein is his most popular work and has been performed more than 50 times around the world, including the upcoming premiere of the new lyric version at LA Opera. For more information, please visit www.MichaelShapiro.com


central synagogue is a Reform synagogue headed by Chief Rabbi Angela Buchdahl. At the heart of its mission is the belief that Judaism can and does change the world. The central community includes anyone who wishes to explore Judaism and its services are broadcast live to tens of thousands of viewers each week. Designated a New York City Landmark in 1966 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, the Central Synagogue was nationally recognized as a United States Historic Landmark in 1975. Built in 1870-1872 and designed by Henry Fernbach in the style Moorish Revival, Central Synagogue is one of the oldest existing synagogue buildings in the United States and is the oldest synagogue in continuous use in New York City. For more information, please visit www.CentralSynagogue.org


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