Celebrate the first day of Hanukkah with an exploration of melodies set to the text Rock of Ages/Maoz Tzur. Sung at synagogues and family candle lightings during Hanukkah around the world, first we will study the history of the text itself and its iconic melody. Then we will explore other melodies ranging from Chasidic to Oriental, and from the most contemporary settings to the Italian "Marcello" version. Through close textual reading and some amazing recordings we will recapture the drama and beauty of this 13th century piyut (liturgical poem).
Presenters: Rabbi Rex Perlmeter and Cantor David Berger