Tuesday, February 12, 2013, starting at 7:30 pm, ROQOQOA presents the premiere performance in Boston of ESTHER, an oratorio by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), with libretto translated into Hebrew by Rabbi Jacob Saraval (1707-1782). Singers include Alyssa Mae Doggett and Von Bringhurst, sopranos; Yakov Zamir, alto; Elijah Hopkin, tenor; James Dargan, bass; and members of Koleinu, Boston’s largest Jewish chorus, directed by Carol Marton. Orchestral accompaniment provided by Dr. Jonathan Wessler, at the keyboard. Tickets are $10 at the door. For updates, email Roqoqoa or find Roqoqoa on Facebook.
Koleinu, Boston’s Jewish Community Chorus, founded in 2002, is a nearly 100-member chorus that performs Jewish choral music for audiences throughout Greater Boston. Koleinu is led by Carol Marton, Artistic Director; its accompanist is Victor Cayres. Koleinu’s primary mission is to provide its members, regardless of their previous musical experience or religious affiliation, an opportunity to learn, sing, and perform Jewish music in a meaningful way. The chorus brings the richness of Jewish music to audiences through concerts, festivals, interfaith, and multicultural programs, and has been praised for its expression, repertoire, and for the high musical standards it maintains as a non-audition chorus.