Hazzanut: The Jewish Cantorial Tradition–Past, Present, and Future

Hazzanut— the cantorial rendering of Jewish liturgy— has roots going back centuries, in both the Ashkenazic and Sephardic communities. Originating in the rather humble figure of the shaliah tsibbur— the congregant who would lead the public prayer service— the cantorial role went on to become gradually professionalized. In recent times, the hazzan emerged as a figure whose vocal qualities were sought after and whose contribution to the prayer service might rival that of the rabbi.

Hazzanut: The Jewish Cantorial Tradition–Past, Present, and Future
Sunday, January 27 4pm

Our program aims to foster an appreciation of hazzanut and its vital role in the Jewish prayer service. We will listen to representative recorded selections by several of the great hazzanim. We will then move on to a discussion of the somewhat diminished role of the hazzan— and, arguably, of hazzanut itself— in recent years and collectively reflect upon the proper place of liturgical performance in the Jewish prayer service broadly speaking, and in the ‘local’ context of Kol Rinah, in particular.

For more information:
Marvin Marcus mhmarcus@wustl.edu

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