Rabbi, chorale to sing Bloch’s ‘Sacred Service’

Tucson Masterworks Chorale will feature Jewish works during its fall concert, which will be held Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El.

“Sacred Service,” by the Swiss-American composer Ernest Bloch, will be the showcase piece of the concert, with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon as baritone soloist. Bloch referred to “Sacred Service” as “my great Jewish Oratorio,” saying, “For fifty minutes I hope it will bring to the souls, minds and hearts of the people, a little more confidence, make them a little more kind and indulgent than they were and bring them peace.”

Other works on the program will include “Nigun for Violin and Piano” by Ernest Bloch, “Five Hebrew Love Songs” by Eric Whitacre (performed by the Tucson Girls Chorus) and works for cello and piano from “Jewish Life” by Ernest Bloch.

Tickets, $15 general & $12 student/senior, are available online at TucsonMasterworksChorale.org or may be purchased at the door.