Music for the Jewish High Holidays on WRTI 90.1: Your Soundtrack for an Uplifting Holiday Season

Sep 14, 2020

We wish all of our listeners celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur a Happy and Healthy New Year. Join us on WRTI 90.1 during the High Holiday season for music that will elevate one and all.

During Saturday Classical Coffeehouse with Debra Lew Harder on September 26th from 6 AM to 12 noon, you'll hear sephardic folk music arranged by Israeli composer Paul Ben-Haim, violinist Itzhak Perlman in traditional Jewish favorites, Max Bruch's Kol Nidrei from our Classical Album of the Week, Leontyne Price singing "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof, performances by mandolinist Avi Avital and harpist Rachel Van Voorhees, and classical works with traditional, nostalgic melodies for the holidays.

And on Monday, September 28th, Yom Kippur day our special programming continues with a mix of music for the holy Day of Atonement.

"Avinu Malkenu" performed at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City:

"Avinu Malkenu" performed at Carnegie Hall by the HaZamir Chorale in 2016:

Listen to Musical Memories of the High Holidays with Itzhak Perlman
. One of the greatest violinists of our time, shares the memories and the recordings that mean the most to him this time of year—from cantorial singing to raucous klezmer fiddling, to classical favorites, including several of his own performances. The music will likely spark warm associations and an emotional response for all listeners. Listen on-demand here.

"Shalom Alechem" from Live from the Fiddler's House:

Throughout the entire 10-day holiday season on WRTI, you'll hear a variety of music by artists and composers including Carl Goldmark, Ora Bat Chaim, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Andrea Clearfield, Jaco do Bandolim, Srul Irving Glick, Hanns Eisler, several works by Ernest Bloch, many traditional Jewish songs, and more.

Cellist Amit Peled in a live performance of Prayer (from Jewish Life) by Ernest Bloch:

The High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are among the most sacred days of the year for Jews around the world. This year, 5781 on the Jewish calendar, begins at sundown on Sept. 18th and the High Holidays end with Yom Kippur, at sundown on September 28th. The 10-day period is a time for reflecting on the past year, making amends, and celebrating the new year with family and friends.