This musical program explores the oversized role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the development of the modern American musical and the creation of its timeless songs.
Or Olam’s beloved Cantor Shiree Kidron, joined by noted guest performer Omer Shaish and accompanist Oran Eldor, bring us an assortment of familiar classics and less-known gems from Jewish Broadway in a program featuring songs by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Harold Arlen, Sheldon Harnick and others. Kidron and Shaish will even demonstrate how the haunting sounds of Jewish prayer made their way into specific popular melodies.
Concert lasts approximately 90 minutes. Reception afterwards in the Social Hall. Advanced-purchase tickets $10.00 for Or Olam members and $15.00 for non-members. Online ticket sales end at noon on the day of the concert. All remaining tickets will be $20.00 at the door and must be paid in cash. For cash and checks, contact the Or Olam office at 212.752.1200.
PLEASE NOTE - TICKETS PURCHASED AT THE DOOR MUST BE PAID IN CASH.
Cantor Shiree Kidron
Cantor Shiree Kidron has been cantor at Or Olam – the East 55th Street Synagogue since 2015. Since her arrival, she has reinvigorated the synagogue’s musical program with a signature monthly Musical Kabbalat Shabbat and concerts featuring noted guest musicians. Cantor Kidron aspires to convey the power of Judaism and to open hearts to new spiritual insights through the unique power of music. Whether chanting a prayer, singing a Yiddish lullaby or leading a familiar Israeli song, she desires a connection with each listener that allows the music in our hearts to be in perfect harmony.
Cantor Kidron is a proud member of the Cantors Assembly. She served as the Senior Cantor at Bet Shira Congregation of South Miami and as the Assistant Cantor at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City, where she led services and cantorial concerts, supervised the B'nei Mitzvah programs and created successful and innovative young and adult educational programs.
Kidron received her Master of Music at the Manhattan School of Music and her Bachelor in Music at the Rubin High Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. Israeli born, she was praised by the New York Times as a “fresh and likable voice” for her title role of "Beauty" in Spohr’s Opera Beauty and the Beast. Ms. Kidron is a winner of the David Whitcomb Foundation Award for Promising Young Soloists as well as the Sharon Tavor Award for singers with Orchestra.
To hear Cantor Kidron sing "Over the Rainbow," just one of the many beloved songs by Jewish composers that will be featured in the concert, click here.
Israeli-born vocalist and performer Omer Shaish is an up-and-coming star with an oversized talent. Shaish started his career as a soloist in the Israeli Air Force Band, performing on military bases and in Jewish communities in Europe and Canada. In 2004, he appeared in the National production of “Chicago” in Tel Aviv and later in “The Troupe,” “Mary Lou and King Solomon” and “Shalmai the Cobbler” at Habima, the Israel National Theater. Omer graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC in 2008. Since then his theater credits include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, “Voca People” (New World Stages, NYC) the Musicals Tonight productions of “Irma La Douce” and “Tovarich” (Vital Theater, NYC), the US national tour of “Seussical”, and the Israeli National Premier of “Spring Awakening.”
Omer was featured as a soloist at the Celebrity Fight Night in Florence, Italy, featuring Andrea Bocelli, George Clooney and Lionel Richie. He was titled winner of the Take-2! singing contest in NYC, performed as a dancer in the “Broadway On Broadway” concert in Times Square and was featured as a soloist in the Spirit Productions musical reviews of “Hooray For Hollywood” and “Spirit Of Broadway” around the US and Canada. Omer currently tours around the world as a lead singer in the classical vocal trio Kol Esperanza, and has recently completed his new one-man show “My Broadway Shpiel.” Visit Omer’s website to experience first-hand his dynamic and exciting performance style.