RIC Spring Choral Concert to celebrate Jewish works

Teresa Coffman
The RIC Spring Choral Concert will provide a varied program of Jewish musical heritage. The concert, held in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall on Friday, March 5, at 8 p.m. will feature the RIC Chorus, Women’s Chorus and Chamber Singers, conducted by Teresa Coffman, and the RIC Men’s Chorus, conducted by Rob Rappa.

Works from the renaissance to jazz and other modern contemporary forms will be performed.

Coffman, a RIC professor of music, invited Joshua Jacobson for a short residency at RIC, from March 1-3. According to Coffman, “Jacobson is arguably America's foremost authority on Jewish choral music.”

Joshua Jacobson
Jacobson is the founder and director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston. He also serves as professor of music and director of choral activities at Northeastern University, where he was chairman of the department for nine years.

Jacobson will give musical direction to the various ensembles performing in the spring concert in rehearsals during his residency. There will be a question-and-answer session during the RIC Chorus rehearsal on Tuesday, March 2 at 2 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s room 198. The rehearsal is open to the public.

“Many of the arrangements to be performed on the evening of the concert are by Dr. Jacobson,” said Coffman.

The program will include “And the Angels Sing," arranged by Joshua Jacobson and Art Bailey; "Elohim Hashivenu" by Salamone Rossi; "Y'susum Midbar," arranged by Alice Parker; "Havah Nagilah," arranged by Daniel Faktori; "Five Hebrew Love Songs" by Eric Whitacre; "Adonai Ro'i" by Gerald Cohen; and "Brazilian Psalm" by Jean Berger.

General admission for The RIC Spring Choral Concert is $10 and free for RIC students, faculty and staff. For more information call (401) 456-8144.