Nashirah, the only auditioned, community-based chorale in the Greater Philadelphia area that performs exclusively Jewish and Jewish-themed music, will present an inspirational program of music during the Annual Memorial Ceremony for the Six Million Jewish Martyrs on Sunday, April 22, at 1 p.m.
The event, sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Philadelphia, will be staged at the Monument to the Six Million Jewish Martyrs, 16th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.
Nashirah, which performs music of many lands, languages and cultures, is led by Jonathan Coopersmith. Coopersmith, a native of Princeton, N.J., serves as chair of Musical Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he teaches harmony, counterpoint, music history and solfege. Since 2002, he has been the associate conductor for the Philadelphia Singers and has served as a guest chorus director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Ballet.
Nashirah's performance keynotes a poignant program that also includes a memorial candle-lighting ceremony to honor the memories of those who were murdered at the hands of the Nazis and a violin composition performed by Philip Kates of the Philadelphia Orchestra. There will be poems, prayers and brief remarks from survivors, community leaders and dignitaries, including Israeli Consul General Daniel Kutner and Congressman Patrick Meehan, a new member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, and other state and local legislative leaders.
The event will kick off with the March of the Children, featuring participants in the Dorothy Freedman Memorial Conversation with a Survivor Program. These young men and women are middle and high school students who attend school programs throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.
This free community event is sponsored by Blank Rome LLP. In the event of rain, it will be held at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia. Any change in venue will be announced on KYW NewsRadio 1060.
For more information about this event and other Holocaust programming throughout the year, call Beth Razin at 215-832-0536 or email [email protected] .