The LAJS shines its spotlight on Women of Valor!
In 2000, I conducted the World Premiere of Andrea’s brilliant cantata Women of Valor at UCLA’s Royce Hall. My long-term goal of recording it professionally will finally come to fruition this year, with a dream cast.
and internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham are the soloists;
Women of Valor is a celebration of women from the Hebrew Bible, inspired by a midrash, where each line of Proverbs 31 represents a biblical woman, but redefined in contemporary terms. Modern poetry and prose, together with ancient texts and Andrea’s powerful and engaging music, tell the stories of ten extraordinary biblical women, each from her own perspective: Sarah, Leah, Rachel, Jocheved, Miriam, Hannah, Yael, Michal, Ruth and Esther.
The poignant texts featured in Women of Valor, expressive of female viewpoints often historically neglected, have been studied widely by interfaith study groups as well as by Jewish and Christian women’s study groups. As educational vehicles, the texts and their musical settings provide a unique opportunity for modern readers to engage in a dialogue between traditional and feminist sensibilities, between literary and musical aesthetics, and between the past and the present.
As our contribution to this dialogue, and in furtherance of the LAJS’s educational mission, we plan to produce a companion study guide. But first comes the recording, which we expect to release in Fall 2016.
As a Jewish woman conductor, I find it so inspiring that the composer, vocal soloists, narrator, conductor and subjects of the work are all women! We will be sure to keep you updated on this thrilling project.
Click here to view of Women of Valor Campaign Video!
If you would like to donate to the LAJS Women of Valor recording project, please click the button below.
We are extremely grateful to:
Honorary Co-Producer ($10,000 and up)
Dr. Ian Drew
Your Woman of Valor ($2,500)
America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Bernard Franklin
Jean and Jerry Friedman
Moses and Susan Libitzky
Guy and Jeanine Saperstein
Musician Lover First Chair ($1,000)
And our additional sponsors:
Cantor Perryne Anker
Michael and Evelyne Antin
Louise and Harris R. Clearfield
John Cygan and Cathy Merriman-Cygan
Judith E. Dolmatch
Marion H. Klein
Dr. and Dr. Allan Levine
Dr. Whitney Postman
Laura J. and Gary Rothman