WQXR presents "Music for the High Holidays"

WQXR Presents
Music for the High Holidays

A one-hour program featuring music for the Jewish New Year
airing on classical music and public radio stations around the country

Airs on WQXR 105.9 FM on Sunday, September 16 at 5 PM,
Monday, September 17 at 9 PM, and Tuesday, September 25 at 3 PM

(NEW YORK, NY- September 11, 2012) — WQXR, New York’s classical music station, will air a new one-hour program, Music for the High Holidays, in honor of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Hosted by WQXR’s Naomi Lewin, Music for the High Holidays includes liturgical music, as well as classical compositions based on High Holidays melodies. The show features a new recording of Kol Nidre with violinist Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot of Park East Synagogue. Other local musicians in the show include the Juilliard String Quartet, and Cantor Benzion Miller of Young Israel Beth El in Borough Park, Brooklyn.  Between the musical selections, Lewin explains the significance of the holidays and shares some of the traditions associated with them.

Music for the High Holidays airs on 105.9 FM and WQXR.org, Sunday, September 16 at 5 PM, Monday, September 17 at 9 PM, and Tuesday, September 25 at 3 PM. The special will also air on stations in Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Charlotte, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Tampa, and Toledo, among others. Check local listings for broadcast dates.

“Everyone who’s Jewish grows up with certain High Holidays melodies,” said Lewin.  “In addition to the traditional ones I heard as a child, I got to know some of the beautiful composed liturgy when I became a professional singer. This show includes a bit of each—plus some wonderful classical compositions based on music from High Holidays services. I’m delighted to share these treasures with listeners who know them intimately, as well as with listeners experiencing this rich musical tradition for the first time.”

This year, Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Sunday, September 16th and Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Tuesday, September 25th.

Naomi Lewin is WQXR’s weekday evening host, broadcasting 3-7pm every Monday through Friday. Additionally, she is host and producer of the weekly feature Classics for Kids, which airs at 8 AM Saturdays on WQXR, as well as on public radio stations around the country.  Lewin also produced and hosted the July Fourth special Stephen Foster: America's Bard, and Nutcracker Sweets, a week-long series of Christmas features.

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