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Music of Canada’s Oldest Synagogue: Spanish & Portuguese
Cantor Eyal Bitton
We welcome back one of Jewish Music Week’s favourite presenters! This year Cantor Eyal Bitton takes a look at the melodies of Canada’s oldest congregation, The Spanish and Portuguese. Established in 1768 in Montreal, the music of the Spanish and Portuguese reflects Canadian Jewish history and the effort to mix east with west, Sephardi and Ashkenazi, as well as old and new. You will be absolutely captivated as Cantor Bitton explores the music of this Canadian treasure.
Cantor Eyal Bitton is a composer, lyricist and playwright who has penned several musicals and oratorios which have been produced in Canada, the United States, Kenya, and China. He has also directed a number of adult and children’s choirs in Montreal and Toronto and is the Musical Director of Toronto’s Zimriyah, a Jewish children’s choral festival. Eyal has served as Cantor of Hamilton’s Beth Jacob Synagogue since 2009.
Presented in partnership with Shaarei Shomayim Congregation