Musical Traditions of Kol Ami
Music is an integral part of our religious and communal gatherings at Congregation Kol Ami.
Beauty, spirituality, artistry, and meaningful expression are the foundations of our repertoire. The musical liturgy for weekly services is drawn from the rich diversity of songs, hymns, and eclectic repertoire that Judaism has to offer.
At any given service, a variety of modalities such as traditional nusach, jazz, pop, contemporary Jewish composers, the latest camp melodies, and multi cultural rhythms may be woven seamlessly together to form the captivating and inspiring tapestry of our worship. Congregational participation is always encouraged at services, and we are very proud of our volunteer choir which is open to all members.
The annual Purim spiel draws both our members and the local community to revel in the multiple talents of our congregants who sing, dance and act in a fully costumed, riotous staging of the story of Esther retold and reworked from a different popular Broadway musical each year. It is always a standing room only event.
Throughout the year, the acclaimed Kol Hashamayim (Voice of the Heavens) music series creates the opportunity to experience an interesting and varied panoply of music and theatre presented by extraordinary performers in the intimate atmosphere of our sanctuary.
World reknowned artists such as soprano, Sondra Radvanovsky, oboist, Alan Vogel, and cellist John Walz, along with well known local ensembles such as Vox Femina and Collage Dance Theatre have been featured on the series that is now entering into its ninth year. Many new commissions have been premiered on the series including works by Lee Holdridge, David O, Jake Heggie, David Shukiar, Richard Pearson Thomas, and Jon Bailey. The series is offered free of charge and is open to the community.
Music has been at the core of the Jewish experience for over five thousand years. We are proud to be an active part of continuing that tradition at Congregation Kol Ami.