What does a choir do during the pandemic? Well, if you’re the San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir you release a new album! The award-winning group’s new labor of love, Legacy, includes 10 historically relevant songs in the Yiddish, Ladino and Hebrew languages, and will be released on December 4, 2020 just in time for Chanukah!
This is the group’s third album and, although they recorded the uplifting vocals over the past 5 years, many of the instrumental arrangements were completed during the pandemic.
Director Ruth Weber, admitted that it is very hard to keep the choir motivated while holding rehearsals online.
“There is a time lag which makes it very difficult for choirs to hear and rehearse with each other online,” she said. “Our group did manage to record two very nice Virtual Choir videos using our cell phones, and they have been very well received. After we finished those we thought it would be the best use of our energy and funds to release an album that audiences could enjoy during these times, and which would help us fulfill our mission of preserving and promoting Jewish music. We were fortunate that there were so many wonderful musicians who were able to record their tracks remotely and send them to us online for this album. It is one of the many wonders of technology which I have really come to appreciate!”
Jewish music enthusiasts interested in attending the choir’s Online Release Party should contact the choir through their website at sdjmc.org to obtain a link to attend the free zoom event on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020 at 5 p.m. (PT). The album can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com now.