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The Hazzan Nathan Mendelson Music Foundation


 
The Hazzan Nathan Mendelson Music Foundation was established in 1982 to honour the life and to keep alive the memory and influence of Nathan Mendelson, z”l, who served as Hazzan of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim for 35 years, from 1938 to 1973. Lawyer, ordained Rabbi, Talmudic scholar, musician and Mohel, Hazzan Mendelson had a profound impact on all members of the Congregation, and the Montreal Jewish community at large, whose lives he touched.
The Foundation’s objectives center on performance and creativity. Since its creation, the Foundation has presented over twenty concerts and related Jewish musical events, featuring choral, cantorial, operatic, and instrumental genres highlighting Canadian composers, music of the Holocaust, music of prayer as well as classical and modern repertoire, lectures and Shabbaton weekends, performed by a diversity of local, Canadian and international artists. In 1992, the Foundation sponsored an International Jewish Song Competition, which culminated in the “Concert For Peace” featuring 17 original compositions from all over the world, many performed by the composers themselves.
In October 2007, the Foundation held a Gala concert, marking its 25th anniversary, the centenary of the birth of Hazzan Mendelson and the year in which his 30th yahrzeit was observed.
Fri, 21 July 2017 27 Tammuz 5777