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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Holocaust Education Week Concert at Grace Church on the Hill November 15

Nov. 6 at Grace Church on-the-Hill/Nov. 15 at Temple Sinai

The Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir, Toronto Jewish Folk Choir and Upper Canada Choristers join forces this November to remember the Holocaust, at an Anglican church and a Jewish temple. The concert, titled Voices from the Whirlwind, is an hour of emotionally powerful songs from or related to the Holocaust and the destruction of war.

The evening is part of National Narratives – Giving Voice, the 33rd Annual Holocaust Education Week.  It takes place at the two hosting venues –Wednesday, November 6, 8 p.m. at Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road (Spadina-St. Clair area); and Friday, November 15, 9 p.m. (following 8 p.m. Sabbath services) at Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Avenue (between Avenue Road and Bathurst).

The concerts are open to the public, with free admission.  More information will be posted at Further information may be obtained by phoning 416-488-7884(Grace Church on-the-Hill) or 416-487-4161 (Temple Sinai).

The evening brings together the following:
* Cantor Charles Osborne (tenor) and Cantor Katie Oringel (soprano) of Temple Sinai as soloists
* Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir, Cantor Charles Osborne, conductor; Sue Piltch, piano
* Toronto Jewish Folk Choir, Alexander Veprinsky, conductor; Lina Zemelman, piano
* Upper Canada Choristers, Laurie Evan Fraser, conductor; Blair Salter, piano

Highlighting the evening of songs in Yiddish, English and Russian is Charles Osborne’s original composition, I Didn’t Speak Out, with the unforgettably rueful words of German anti-Nazi theologian Martin Niemoeller.  Senior Cantor Osborne will conduct, with Temple Sinai’s Cantor Katie Oringel as soloist.  It will be one of several pieces performed jointly by the three choirs.

As well, the Folk Choir and Temple Singers will perform Holocaust songs in Yiddish, with Cantor Osborne as soloist; and the Russian song Zhuravli(Cranes), about soldiers killed in war.   The Upper Canada Choristers will perform Voices From the Whirlwind, by U.S. composer Annetta Lockhart.  Texts include writings by children living in the Warsaw Ghetto.

The evening will include writings from the Holocaust, read by Barbara Blaser.

More information on the Upper Canada Choristers is at; the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir, Temple Sinai at, and Grace Church on-the-Hill

The Toronto Jewish Folk Choir season is made possible in part by a grant from the Toronto Arts Council, the Choir Foundation and friends.



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