From the time of its emergence in the 18th century, the Hasidic movement turned to music and dance as powerful forms of Jewish religious expression. One result was the Hassidic Nigun (Hebrew for “melody”), a new genre of Jewish vocal music. Often described as a mystical musical prayer or a spiritual language beyond words, the Nigun is a fundamental part of all Ashkenazi culture and is, in the words of one Hasidic master, “the pen of the soul.” – Dr. James Loeffler
There is an old Jewish saying that “there are gates in heaven that cannot be opened except by melody and song.” We’ll observe the Jewish New Year with the soulful Nigun from the pen of composer Ernest Bloch, and the fingers of #Heifetz2015 student Strauss Shi, joined by pianist Hui-Chan Chen. Shana Tovah 5780 to all who celebrate!