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Friday, May 24

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  ||  Morning Music

Cantorial Art: Sephardic vs. Ashkenazi

Hazzan Avraham Sultan

When Cantor Salamon Amzallag, renowned singer for the King of Morocco, arrived as Cantor of Montreal’s Spanish and Portuguese synagogue in the 1960s, he was faced with the interesting challenge of following in the steps of Ashkenazi liturgy. In this very special morning session, Cantor Avraham Sultan will present all you want to know about Sephardic vs. Ashkenazi Hazzanut but didn’t know to ask. With live musical demonstrations and examples from history, as well as from Cantor Sultan’s personal experience, he will explain how Hazzanut was back then, how it is today, and where exactly Hazzanut is headed.​




Cantor Avraham Sultan is a graduate of the Superior Conservatory of Music in Montreal. A lyric tenor, he is one of the few cantors in the world knowledgeable in the Nusach of Sephardic Moroccan Piyuttim, Yerushalmi and Ashkenazi. Since 2007, he has served as Senior Hazzan of Shaarei Shomayim Congregation in Toronto.



This program is presented in partnership with the Barbara Frum Library.



Free Admission 

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            Barbara Frum Library / Auditorium / 20 Covington Road

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