I’m really looking forward to singing with the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus in their production of Sholem Aleichem dir, Amerike! The 1956 Birnbaum/Rauch operetta, is based on Sholom Aleichem’s Motl, Peyse dem khazns (“Motl, Peyse the Cantors’ Son”), and was recorded in 1959 with Molly Picon in the role of Motl. I’ll be one of the soloists in this production. Time to brush up on my Yiddish! You can get all the details here.
Cantor Erik Contzius is a versatile baritone, a creative composer, and a dynamic performer. His Jewish repertoire is eclectic, ranging from the highly classical (performing the Ernest Bloch "Sacred Service" in Bulgaria, Canada, and Israel) to traditional hazzanut (appearing on the stage of the Stardust Ballroom at Kutsher's Hotel in the Catskills), to dynamic vocal jazz (touring with the Afro-Semitic Experience!). Cantor Contzius' compositions have been performed by cantors and choirs across the United States and can be heard on his album, "Teach My Lips a Blessing."