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Shabbat: Cantor Azi Schwartz

Date: Friday, January 3, 2014 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Main Sanctuary

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Sounds across the Jewish World

Central will be highlighting three different extremely talented Jewish musicians from across the musical and religious spectrum of the Jewish world. These guest voices will join our community as we collaborate and integrate what we do at Central every Friday night.

Cantor Schwartz

Cantor Azi Schwartz is the cantor and music director at Park Avenue Synagogue—the flagship of Jewish liturgical music in the United States.  His singing and conducting repertoire includes classical music, Israeli music, Jewish music and original works.

Born and raised in Israel, Cantor Schwartz has sung with prestigious orchestras and choirs around the world. He has performed in the United Nations’ General Assembly Hall, the United States Capitol Rotunda, and the Knesset, as well as in the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv accompanied by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rykestrasse Synagogue in Berlin accompanied by the RIAS Kammerchor.

Cantor Schwartz earned a master in music (M.Mus) from the Mannes School of Music in New York City, where he majored in voice and conducting. He is a graduate of the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute and also studied classical music at The Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. Prior to embarking on his professional musical career, Azi graduated from the Har Etzion Hesder Yeshiva and completed his military service as a soloist in the Israeli Defense Forces Rabbinical Troupe.

Azi has served as Cantor of the Palm Beach Synagogue in Florida, Cantor and Choir Conductor of the Park East Synagogue in New York City, Cantor of Heichal Meir Synagogue in Tel Aviv and Assistant Cantor of the Jerusalem Great Synagogue. He has released six solo albums in addition to participating in several other recordings.

Azi is married to Dr. Noa Schwartz, and they have two sons, Jonathan and Daniel.

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