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April 12- 14

 On Friday, April 12th, 7:30 pm, will be a Sephardic Shabbat, with Gerard’s participation and his “Sermon in Song” on Sephardic music.  After the service, TBE musicians will gather and work on one or two songs that they will perform with Gerard on his Concert on Saturday night. Bring your voices and instruments! Please let me know if you want to participate so I can get you the music ahead of time.

On Saturday, April 13th, 7 pm, at Full Compass, 9770 Silicon Prairie Pkwy, Verona,  Gerard will present a concert called “Treasures of World Song”, which traces the surprising and exotic musical synergies to be found in some of the world’s great oral traditions.  A diverse and fascinating program of folk and popular songs in some dozen languages from North and South America, France, Spain, England, Ireland, Greece, Turkey, Morocco and The Balkans, will tell a rich musical story and promote the cause of cross-cultural appreciation and understanding.  From joyous hymns of celebration to poignant ballads of love, from flamenco-inspired pieces to holy works of praise, Gerard’s instrumental virtuosity, rich baritone and masterful arrangements will create an unforgettable musical experience.

 On Sunday, April 14th, from 10:15 – 11:15 am,  Gerard will do a program for our Religious School children and families called Everybody’s Song….and Story. This workshop/performance is a participatory exploration of songs and stories from the Sephardic Oral Tradition and beyond. In this fun and educational program we will focus on songs and stories shared by diverse cultures, giving emphasis to the universal elements permeating them all. Many humorous songs and witty stories appropriate for families and their children.

About Gerard: 

Gerard Edery is a singer/guitarist/composer/cantorial soloist, was born in Casablanca and raised in Paris and New York City, speaking several languages throughout his childhood while absorbing a variety of musical traditions spanning three continents.  Recognized as a leading musical folklorist and a master singer and guitarist, Gerard Edery has at his command a remarkable range of ethnic folk styles and traditions from around the world.  Considered one of the leading interpreters of Sephardic Song, He has been honored with the Sephardic Musical Heritage Award and is the recipient of a Meet the Composer grant for his original songs.  Gerard Edery has also been an active educator for all ages. He has been a featured artist for Carnegie Hall’s Musical Explorers series, the 92nd Street Y Educational Outreach Program, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art & many more.  He has also served as part-time faculty at The Manhattan School of Music, American Institute of Guitar and Hebrew Arts School in New York City.  He has performed in synagogues and JCCs throughout the U.S. Gerard and his ensembles have performed at Lincoln Center, Zankel Hall (at Carnegie Hall); The United Nations in New York; Victoria Hall and the Palais des Nations in Geneva; The Smithsonian Institute; The Library of Congress; The Holocaust Museum; Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood; as well as Internationally around the world.

Click below to see a video of Gerard Edery.