by Susan Schnur

Singing Jewish Women’s Music

Conductor Elayne Robinson Grossman recently celebrated her 18th anniversary with New York’s Rottenberg Chorale, a 45-voice choir of men and women, by presenting a program of 20 musical selections called “Music by and About Jewish Women.” Grossman, a skilled and expressive conductor, brought forth a polished and richly communicative sound. Featuring the work of 19 living composers (five of them in the audience), Grossman recently explained to a reporter that when she, “dug around for material for the conceit, I found treasures that far surpassed my expectations. Although women are relatively new to the scene of conducting and composing Jewish music, I discovered a good number of female composers, and they truly express their Jewish souls.”

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