The Moscow Male Jewish Cappella is a unique ensemble which performs Jewish liturgical and folk music on a classical and academic level. The Choir is remarkable for the amazing purity of its intonation and the availability of a large group of singers, each of whom is capable soloist in addition to being a member of the choir. Due to the fact that practically all the choir's members are graduates or students of the Moscow's top music school, the Choir has attained a professionalism that enables it to perform a wide range of not only Jewish liturgical and folk music but also classical choral works.
The Choir has performed Jewish liturgical music not only within the confines of synagogues for religious services, but in concert performed for the general public in the main concert halls of Russia and Europe. Jewish liturgical music continues to attract special attention, in part, this music, born in the beginning and middle of the 19th century in the countries of Eastern Europe and Western Russia, practically ceased to exist after the Russian Revolution in 1917, and only in the second half of the 20th century, has it been revived to any great extent. The music's originality, and unusual beauty and harmonies appeal to many. Today there are only a few Jewish choral ensembles in the world.
The Choir enjoys a reputation for being able to learn and performing compositions of any complexity in a short period of time, for instance, the very difficult Spiritual Dialogues, written by the contemporary Israeli composer Joseph Dorfman, which the Choir performed brilliantly during its tour of Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France and Austria in December 1995. The Choir is very mobile and compact, consisting of eighteen singers, two soloists, a conductor and the music director (a total of twenty-two persons).
28th of November, 2019 the Choir celebrated it's 30th anniversary!
The normal cost of a single concert in Europe by the Choir is 4500 - 7500 €, depending on many factors, including the anticipated size of the audience, transportation costs, and whether the choir is accommodated with families in the local Jewish communities or in hotels. We look forward to performing for you soon!
The "Moscow Male Jewish Cappella"
The Male Choir of Cantorial Art Academy was established in 1989 with personal support from Mikhail Gorbachev, then president of the USSR, and assistance from the Russian Jewish Community and JOINT, an American Jewish charity. In 1998 the choir was renamed the Hassidic Cappella and based at the Moscow Maryina Roshcha Jewish Community. Since 2012 until 2014 The Moscow Male Jewish Cappella worked under the support of The Russian Jewish Congress and The State Classical Maimonides Academy. The choir's singers are all professional musicians - students and teachers at Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory and other leading musical institutes in the capital who have performed in the city's most acclaimed choral groups. They are united by their commitment to introducing listeners to the beauty of Jewish liturgical and cantorial music -- music that has been forgotten and remains unknown to even the most educated lovers of music. The choir's extensive repertory includes Jewish liturgical music, songs in Yiddish and Hebrew, Russian folk songs, and classics of world music. The choir is one of the few recognized professional Jewish academic musical groups in the world and the only one in Russia.
Guided by the deep and ancient traditions of both Jewish and Russian professional choral singing, the choir is reviving the art of Jewish choral and vocal music, demonstrating at every performance that the riches of Jewish culture are an inalienable part of Russia's multi-national tradition and world culture.
Audiences always respond enthusiastically to Jewish liturgical music, entranced by its originality, unusual beauty and harmonies. For most concert-goers, this is uncharted musical territory. This music appeared in the early and mid-19th century in the countries of Eastern Europe and Western Russia, but it virtually disappeared after the 1917 revolution. Only in the second half of the 20th century did its revival begin.
The choir has performed in countless Russian cities, in the former Soviet republics, and in 13 foreign countries. Performances are held in Jewish community venues, but also on the stages of the most prestigious concert halls in Russia and abroad. The group has performed in all three halls of the Moscow Conservatory (the Small, Grand and Rakhmaninov Halls); the Hall of Columns of the House of Trade Unions; Carnegie Hall and UnaitedNations in New York; UNESCO in Paris; the Academy of Music and Carl Orff Hall in Munich; the Theatron Yerushalayim in Jerusalem; and Lincoln Center in New York.