High Holy Days Schedule

Birthday of the World Part 1 - Airs Monday, September 18, at 8 p.m.
Music and Liturgy for Rosh Hashanah, (The Jewish New Year) Sung by The Western Wind with Guest Cantors, Narrated by Leonard Nimoy. In this classic performance, Leonard Nimoy and The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble join forces to explore the rich and profound musical and spiritual traditions of the Jewish High Holy Days. The Birthday of the World presents some of the most inspiring music in the Jewish liturgical tradition, performed by the acclaimed vocal ensemble The Western Wind. Mr. Nimoy's timeless narration focuses on the universal themes of redemption and divine forgiveness. "Sung by The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble with outstanding cantors, this is an ideal High Holy Days service with a splendid narration by Leonard Nimoy, the performance is outstanding for the beauty of its artistry.

Remember Us Unto Life - Airs Sunday, September 24, at 6 p.m.
Host Larry Josephson talks with Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor Emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary, about the history, liturgy and customs of the Jewish High Holy Days, and the value of these ancient rituals in the modern age. The Jewish High Holy Days are the most solemn time on the Jewish calendar. The ten-day period between Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are a period of renewal and reflection. Music appropriate to the High Holy Days is interspersed throughout.

Sephardic Journey: Wanderings of the Spanish Jews - Airs Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 7 p.m.
Cast out of Jerusalem, cast out of Spain. The Spanish Jews in their travels absorbed the colorful musical accents of Italy, Turkey and North Africa, including exotic percussion. This musical journey interweaves Sephardic folk song with the Monteverdi-like Hebrew choral work of Salamone Rossi – the Songs of Solomon. The daily rhythms of life – love, rejection, feasting and celebration – culminate in the mystical prayers of Shabbat. Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire present Sephardic Journey, a program hailed by BBC Music Magazine as “Revelatory… convivially theatrical… The soloists and instrumentalists are first-class.”

Music for the High Holidays - Airs Tuesday, September 26, at 1 p.m.
Music for the High Holidays from WQXR is a new one-hour program for Rosh Hashanah a nd Yom Kippur. The show has both traditional and composed music from Jewish services-- including a brand new recording of Kol Nidre featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman -- as well as concert music based on High Holidays melodies. Written and hosted by WQXR afternoon announcer Naomi Lewin, Music for the High Holidays also explains a bit about the Jewish new year and its traditions.

The Jewish New Year: Music and Inspirational Teachings From the Kabbalah, - Airs Wednesday, September 27, at 1 p.m.
Music and teachings from the Jewish mystical tradition on the High Holy Days. Each year, on the evening of the new moon, the beginning of the month of Tishrei in the Jewish lunar calendar, Jewish people around the world begin a period of prayer and self-examination that ends, ten days later, with a twenty-four hour fast. These are the High Holy Days, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and ending with Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. These days are a time to reflect on the past year and to realign life with truth and wisdom, to prepare for a new year's challenges. In this program, Kabbalistic teacher, therapist, and author of "Sacred Therapy," Estelle Frankel and Cantor Richard Kaplan share the depths of insight accumulated by the Jewish mystical tradition of the Kabbalah. They discuss the insights in stories, teachings and music, gathered from that rich tradition.

Birthday of the World Part 2 - Airs Thursday, September 28, at 7 p.m.
Music and Liturgy for Yom Kipur, (The Day of Atonement) Sung by The Western Wind with Guest Cantors, Narrated by Leonard Nimoy. Leonard Nimoy and The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble explore the rich and profound musical and spiritual traditions of the Jewish High Holy Days. The Birthday of the World presents some of the most inspiring music of the Jewish Liturgy performed by The Western Wind, guest singers and four internationally renowned cantors. Musical selections include Avinu Malkeinu, Kol Nidre, El Maleh Rachamim, traditional chant and composed works by Sulzer, Secunda and Nowakowsky. A narration performed by actor Leonard Nimoy elucidates the important prayers and illuminates the deeper structure of the liturgy.