Shir Joy Chorus will present its Winter Concert, "Building Bridges Through Song," on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Congregation B'nai Shalom, 117 E. Main St., Westborough, MA. This concert of Jewish music is aimed at uniting and healing the community through song. Selections will include rounds and part songs from ancient times to the present, and will include soloists on cello and banjo, as well as piano accompaniment by Lisa Marcus-Jones. Come hear a bluegrass song written by Nefesh Mountain in response to the Pittsburgh synagogue tragedy, as well as a new composition by our director based on a poem by Wendell Berry. Also included will be songs based on Israeli folk dances, as well as a Yiddish piece for which the music was likely written by Mozart. Shir Joy's concerts always include a sing-along! NOTE: Snow Date is Sun., Feb. 10th at 7:00 pm.
Shir Joy Chorus is an adult, transdenominational community chorus, under the direction of Nan A. Kaipainen Gibbons, dedicated to learning, sharing, and performing Jewish music from the rich and varied Judaic cultures of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora. Founded in 2011, it is an independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, funded by the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts, the Westborough Cultural Council, a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and private supporters. Congregation B'nai Shalom generously donates rehearsal and performance space. The chorus is non-auditioned and is open to all people regardless of ethnicity or religious background.
Shir Joy is a musical organization dedicated to raising awareness and appreciation of the breadth and beauty of Jewish culture through performances and related activities. In addition to its two annual concerts at Congregation B’nai Shalom in Westborough, the Chorus performs at other venues such as Arts in Common in Westborough (for the Westborough Cultural Council),the Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts' annual meeting, the annual community-wide Yom Hashoah Commemoration, Northborough Community Meals, and the Interfaith Concert in Westborough and Communities of Songs Concert in Worcester, both of which benefit the MA Pastoral Counseling Centers. Most recently, Shir Joy did a mini-tour in Westborough, presenting free, short concerts at the Westborough Senior Center and Whittier Rehab Center.