The Legacy of Lenny
Brunch & Learn
with Cantor Comisar
Saturday, March 2
10:30 - 12:00 PM at CSR
Leonard Bernstein was not merely a great composer/conductor/scholar who happened to be Jewish. His love for Jewish heritage, history, and the state of Israel inspired his music . Come learn about the Jewish Leonard Bernstein.
Cantor Jonathan Comisar will share insights and excerpts from Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony, Kaddish Symphony, and the celebrated Chichester Psalms (and more!)
Jonathan Comisar's eclectic music background includes Eastman School of Music (pre-college), Oberlin Conservatory (piano) and a Masters in classical composition from the Manhattan School of Musiic. Comisar is an ordained Cantor with a Masters in Sacred Music from the Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music and served the Community Synagogue in Rye, NY with distinction from 2000-08. He is a highly esteemed and sought after composer of Jewish themed music throughout North America, including Temple Emanu-El of NYC, Central Synagogue (NYC), Congregation Emanu-El (SFO).
Cantor Jonathan Comisar has served on the faculty of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music since 2009, teaching classes on music arranging, and composition.
Jonathan Comisar is also a musical theater composer (Public Theater, Jerry Orbach/Snapple, Don't Tell
Mama, BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop). Comisar's musical theater piece “Things As They
Are,” about the life of American photographer Dorothea Lange, was awarded Best of the Festival Audience Favorite Prize at the NY Musical Theater Festival and twice nominated for the Fred Ebb Foundation Award. Comisar’s choral/orchestral cantata “To Bigotry No Sanction” is highlighted in a documentary film featuring members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. It is a setting of George Washington’s 1790 Letter to the Jews of Newport, RI.