Love Thy Neighbor – The Stranger in our Midst – The Eighth Annual Interfaith Symposium/Concert
Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 1:30pm
Location:Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church
JEWISH MUSIC COMMISSION OF LOS ANGELES BEVERLY HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH LOS ANGELES CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE present 8TH ANNUAL INTERFAITH SYMPOSIUM AND CONCERT “LOVE THY NEIGHBOR – THE STRANGER IN OUR MIDST” IN THEOLOGY, ART and MUSIC SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2011 BEVERLY HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH SYMPOSIUM 1:00 PM (check-in at 12:45 pm) Moderator - Rabbi Edward Feinstein Panelists: Art Historian Jeremy Glatstein; Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis; The Right Reverend Alexei Smith; Dr. Nick Strimple; Dr. Rev. David Worth There is no more urgent topic in these turbulent times than Love Thy Neighbor. This will be a powerful experience, with a leading art historian from USC and four of LA's most prominent Jewish, Protestant and Catholic clergy addressing this burning issue from every viewpoint. A choral and instrumental concert will follow with music from the centuries and from today's creative ferment, inspired by this unending challenge for societies through the ages. CONCERT 3:00 PM Nick Strimple conducts the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Chancel Choir, the Choral Society of Southern California and the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale. The program will include music by Aminadav Aloni, Gerald Cohen, Maurice Durufle, Peter Eben, Jester Hairston, G. F. Handel, Max Helfman, Michael Isaacson, David Nowakowsky, Paul Simon, Nick Strimple, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Child Care: Call before March 1 to arrange: 310.271.5194 Ample street parking and a municipal parking structure directly across Santa Monica Boulevard For more info call: JMCLA at 818.907.7194 or BHPC at 310.271.5194 BEVERLY HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 505 NORTH RODEO DRIVE, BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210 This is the only interfaith event of its type in the Los Angeles area and always attracts a full house.
A beautiful afternoon, sunny, warm. A large and enthusiastic audience was present to participate in a very powerful symposium, and after a brief intermission in the courtyard with refreshments, a magnificent concert was presented by Nick Strimple and the marvelous musicians he assembled for the program. Here are some remarks - I must tell you that I was moved by the afternoon's programming, but I was even more touched by the reaction to the music. It really made me appreciate the magic of music. From Rand Harris: I want to express the thanks of the LA Zimriyah Chorale to you in particular and to the entire JMCLA for its unwavering support of LAZC and its participation in the Annual Interfaith Symposium and Concert held at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church. It is especially gratifying for me and for all of us in LAZC to know that there are others in the Los Angeles Jewish community who share our vision and our commitment for the preservation and performance of Jewish music as an essential force which animates and elevates the Jewish experience and perpetuates Jewish identity through the Jewish arts. You and the entire JMCLA are to be commended for your hard work, your sacrifice and for your generosity. Jeremy - thanks again for a terrific presentation. The images you chose and your comments were right on target and very moving. Sunday's program was outstanding. This is such a wonderfully intellectual, musical, spiritual and artistic opportunity for our communities to come together. It is very meaningful and very joyful. Thank you. To Rt. Reverend Alexei Smith (who could not attend because his plane returning from Israel was delayed by several hours (He had been in Israel with Rabbi Mark Diamond of the Board of Rabbis bringing a group of Catholic seminary students to Israel for their first time.) We have heard how successful your trip to Israel was. We know how hard you tried to get to Los Angeles in time to join the others, and we can imagine how frustrating it must have been for you to be delayed. We missed your knowledge and humor, but more importantly, your insights into the dramatic roles which have been played by the Archdiocese and the parishes in addressing the needs of the hungry, the homeless and the stranger in our midst. To Rabbis Feinstein and Schulweis and to Dr. David Wroth: Your energy, knowledge, insight and humor helped make the symposium an important experience for all. This year’s topic seemed to resonate more than any of the previous subjects. The excellent art presentation by Jeremy Glatstein was a perfect lead-in to the program. It’s too bad that Father Alexei could not be present, but you and the others certainly filled the gap. Nick’s selections for the concert were outstanding and the performances were truly stunning. Many, many people have said this was the best yet, and I agree!
Program:A PDF of the entire program, including biographies and program notes, is attached below and may be downloaded. Performers: Lauren Buckley and Emily May, sopranos Marc Lowenstein, tenor Calista Hoffman, mezzo soprano Judy Dubin Aranoff and Jay Harwit, cantors Tali Tadmor, piano Haesung Park, organ Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir Choral Society of Southern California Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale Conducted by Nick Strimple Concert Program: Haleluya. Haleli nafshi - Salamone Rossi (c. 1570-c. 1630) Congregational Hymn: Teach Us O Lord Two from the “Foundling Hospital Anthem” - George Frideric Handel (1685-1750) Poor Man Lazrus - African American Spiritual, arranged by Jester Hairston (1901-2000) Hine Ma Tov - Nick Strimple (b. 1946) On the Other Side of Daybreak (premiere) - Michael Isaacson (b. 1946) Song of Ruth - Petr Eben (1929-2007) Reading from the Book of Ruth - Hebrew Chant Congregational Hymn #434 - “Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples” Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Paul Simon (b. 1941) Agnus Dei from “Missa brevis in Festo Nativitatis” - William Hilsley (1911-2003) Haftorah Reading - Hebrew Chant The Lady with the Lamp – Max Helfman (1901-1963) Ubi caritas - Max Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) Hymn Anthem for Congregation and Choir: - What Shall I Render to My God?