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Music For The Jewish High Holidays On WRTI 90.1: Your Soundtrack For An Uplifting Holiday Season

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WRTI has the perfect music for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

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.

You'll hear a great variety of music and many traditional Jewish and Klezmer songs by artists and composers including Ernest Bloch, Amit Peled, Irving Berlin, The King's Singers, Jerusalem Quartet, Ora Bat Chaim, Rachel Van Voorhees, Andrea Clearfield, Jaco do Bandolim, Max Bruch, and more.

As you begin a new year, a new school year, a new season, we hope that peace is upon you, which is the meaning of "Shalom Aleichem."

Our Rosh Hashanah celebration begins on September 7th at 5:30 PM with Music for Rosh Hashanah narrated by Naomi Lewin. You'll hear traditional melodies and classical music selections by Bloch and Handel. Performers include harpist Rachel Van Voorhees, soprano Stacy Lowe, violinist Lisa Rautenberg, and the Western Wind ensemble.

On Sunday, September 12th, from 4 to 6 PM, join us for The Birthday Of The World. In these classic performances recorded over a decade ago, Leonard Nimoy and The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble join forces to explore the rich and profound musical and spiritual traditions of the Jewish High Holy Days. You'll hear some of the most inspiring music in the Jewish liturgical tradition, performed by the acclaimed vocal ensemble The Western Wind. Mr. Nimoy's timeless narration focuses on the universal themes of redemption and divine forgiveness.

Yom Kippur begins at sundown on September 15th with Kol Nidre. At 5:30 PM, we'll bring you Music For Yom Kippur narrated by Naomi Lewin. This program commemorates Yom Kippur with traditional melodies and classical music. Performers include Richard Tucker, tenor; Ofra Harnoy, cello; The London Philharmonic; Miriam Kramer, violin; and Simon Over, piano.

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

On-Demand: 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.

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, 5782 on the Jewish calendar, begins at sundown on September 6th and the High Holidays end with Yom Kippur, at sundown on September 16th. The 10-day period is a time for reflecting on the past year, making amends, and celebrating the new year with family and friends.