June Programs from Colorado Hebrew Chorale

On Sunday, June 6, 7:30 pm on Zoom, Mimi Raizen will continue her series on “From Tinpan Alley Cats to the Great White Way” – Jewish Composers of the American Musical.

Jewish composers have had a profound impact on Broadway since the earliest days of the American Musical. In this series we will examine the earliest roots of musical theatre and the composers of Tin Pan Alley, and the continued importance Jewish composers have had on the art form, from the days of “Show Boat” all the way to “Come From Away”. 

Mimi Raizen

Presenter Miryam (Mimi) Raizen has had a passionate interest in musicals since her days at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. She earned a degree at Metropolitan State University of Denver in Theatre, with a minor in History.

Mimi has performed, written and directed a number theatrical projects over the years from Denver all the way to Jerusalem. Some of this work includes co-writing Purim shpiels with Michal Peer, working on Drama Staff at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, and performing with the Englewood Summer Drama program.

Most recently Mimi was seen taking part in the Quarantine Cabaret at the Community College of Aurora. While having in interest in history overall, Mimi has a strong passion for the history of Broadway and musical theater and is excited to be sharing her passion.

Session 5: Sunday, June 6, 2021

Session 6: Sunday, July 11, 2021

The program is free but advanced registration is required. Click Here to Register

On Monday, June 21, 7:30 pm on Zoom, our second season of the series “L’Chaim: A Taste of Jewish Music from – Anywhere” will continue with Nick Page, a notable musician, composer and song leader presenting “from Abayudaya to Bosnia.” 

Nick Page

Nick Page  is a Boston – based musician, composer, choral conductor and author best known for his song leading.  In the 1980s, he was a conductor with the Emmy Award winning Chicago Children’s Choir.  Since 1990, he has led Boston’s Mystic Chorale, a chorus that breaks down the hierarchy, bringing in their audiences – both singing and dancing along. He has guest – conducted around the globe, including three of the four Carnegie Halls (Pittsburgh, New York, and Scotland).  His choral works have premiered everywhere, from humble school assemblies to Lincoln Center.  In addition to his three books, Nick has also published nearly 100 diverse choral  pieces. Of special note to Jewish choral devotees, among Nick’s choral settings are those in Hebrew and Ladino. 

Nick believes that there should be no separation between the talented and the untalented   He works with children and adults to awaken their love of singing.  He also works with educators, both classroom teachers and music specialists.   His teacher workshops foster creativity and compassion, making the emotions come alive.   These workshops range from multicultural themes to the integration of music into academic subjects such as science, reading and history.

A great lover and teacher of world music, Nick has studied with Joseph Shabalala from South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo as well as musicians from Chile, India, Bulgaria, Israel, West Africa, Ireland and America’s many roots traditions.  He is the recipient of the Zamir Choral Foundation’s Hallel V’Zimrah Award and has been a frequent guest at the North American Jewish Choral Festival.   www.nickmusic.com.

While the L’Chaim! offerings are free and open to the public, registration is required so that participants can receive the Zoom link, songsheets plus recipes and/or food and drink recommendations. Register here for “L’Chaim” Season Two.

Support of L’Chaim! has been provided by SCFD (the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District), Colorado Creative Industries, Union Pacific Foundation, the Bain Family Foundation, Anonymous, Rose Community Foundation, the City and County of Denver, and friends of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale.

About Barbara Zimmerman

I sing with the Colorado Hebrew Chorale and its affiliated women's choir, Kol Nashim. We draw on participates from throughout the Denver metro area including from Boulder. I am a member of the Board of Directors of the chorale and write publicity article for special events. Professionally, I am a biomedical research scientists and medical writer and communicator.

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