Illustrated Talk Centers On Psalms

CAPE – Joshua Jacobson, one of the world’s leading authorities on Jewish choral music, will give an illustrated public lecture called “PsalmSensation: 3000 Years of Joyous Sacred Song” on Tuesday, March 14, at 10:30 AM at Falmouth Jewish Congregation, 7 Hatchville Road in East Falmouth. Dr. Jacobson will also be co-conductor of “PsalmSensation,” the joint concert by the Falmouth Chorale and Zamir Chorale of Boston on Sunday, March 19, at 7 PM at Lawrence School in Falmouth.

In his talk, Dr. Jacobson will explore the question of how the psalms may have originally been performed in ancient Israel. He will also provide a preview and fascinating back stories to several pieces to be featured in the upcoming concert, most notably Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms.” He is a sought-after lecturer and workshop leader who is known for colorful programming, and illuminating and entertaining commentary.

Dr. Jacobson is a professor of music and director of choral activities at Northeastern University where he served nine years as music department chairman and six years as the Bernard Stotsky Professor of Jewish Cultural Studies. He is founder and director of the Zamir Chorale, a world-renowned ensemble specializing in Hebrew music. He is also Visiting Professor and Senior Consultant in the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College.

Dr. Jacobson is a conductor and host of the PBS film, “Zamir: Jewish Voices Return to Poland,” a guest conductor of many US and international ensembles, author of numerous books and articles, and composer of more than 100 published compositions and arrangements performed worldwide. His honors include: an honorary doctorate from Hebrew College, finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, the Kavod Award from the Cantors Assembly, and the 2016 Alfred Nash Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award from Choral Arts New England.

The talk is co-sponsored by the Falmouth Chorale and Falmouth Jewish Congregation, which is hosting the event in its Blanche & Joel D. Seifer Community Center, at the corner of Sandwich and Hatchville roads. A donation of $5 to $10 is suggested.