Sacred Service (Avodath Hakodesh) by Ernest Bloch
Ernest Bloch’s Sacred Service was composed “for a Reform congregation in San Francisco in the 1930s,” according to a review, “A Rare Jewish Bid for the Classically Sacred Concert,” by Allen Kozinn published February 13, 2008, in The New York Times. Kozinn goes on to say that “he scored it ambitiously for a large chorus, soloists and orchestra, in the hope that it would be performed in concert as
well.” The score runs 50 minutes and is based on the Sabbath morning service that uses a Reform version commonly in use in the 1930s. The reviewer explains that the music is newly composed with a hint of Hebrew Chant and that it maintains the distinction between cantorial and congregational singing with the use of a Baritone singing the cantorial role.
This concert will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Duke Chapel and will feature the Choral Society of Durham with Orchestra.