Kol Nidré concert and lecture (Paris)

November 18 and 22, 2009


The Centre Français des Musiques Juives and the 4 liberal communities of Paris (ULIF, MJLF, CJL, KG) are delighted to invite you to an exceptional concert based on the KOL NIDRE.

On this occasion, 8 musical versions of the famous opening prayer of Yom Kippur will be performed, including 3 world premieres:

– The traditional Kol Nidré in the notation created by Samuel David at the end of the 19th century, with baritone soloist, 4-part choir and organ

– Jean-François Zygel’s Kol Nidré, composition for cello and piano

– The Kol Nidré, adagio on Hebrew themes by Max Bruch, famous work for cello and piano

– Kol Nidrei by John Zorn, a composer probably best known as a jazz saxophonist, whose “Kol Nidrei” is a string quartet with mysterious, suspended resonances

– Nicolas Bacri’s Kol Nidrei Sonata, Op.76, written in 2002, for solo violin

Finally, three world premiere works, commissioned by ULIF from composers Itaï Daniel, Serge Kaufmann and Graciane Finzi. In these 3 works, the traditional theme is present, more or less recognizable:

– Itaï Daniel’s Kol Nidré is written for solo tenor, 4-voice choir, clarinet and string quartet

– Serge Kaufmann’s Kol Nidré uses the same formation, but without a vocal soloist, and enlarged with a piano and double bass

– Graciane Finzi’s “Crépuscule du Kol Nidré” is a theme and variations for solo cello.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009: lecture (7:30pm) and concert (9pm)
The concert will be preceded by a conference with the composers, moderated by Rabbi Michael Williams (ULIF), during which Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur (MJLF), Hervé Roten (CFMJ) and Bruno Fraitag (ULIF) will present the Kol Nidré prayer in its historical, liturgical and musical dimensions.

Sunday, November 22, 2009: concert (6:00 pm)

Location: Union libérale israélite de France
24 rue Copernic – 75116 Paris
Subway: Boissière or Victor Hugo

Ticket price: €25; ULIF, MJLF, CJL, KG, CFMJ members: €20
Tickets and information: ULIF on 01 47 04 37 27 or MJLF on 01 44 37 48 48

View part of the filmed lecture and an excerpt from Max Bruch’s Kol Nidré concert
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Order the CD Kol Nidre huit visions online from the IEMJ store

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