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Shelter of Peace, a concert to benefit Womanshelter/Companeras - presented by the Holyoke High School Madrigal Singers & Mak'hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western Mass


May 5th, 2019.


3:00 PM to 4:00 PM




Holyoke High School, 500 Beech Street, Holyoke


Bruce Brewer



Mak’hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts will collaborate with the Holyoke High School Madrigal Singers to perform a benefit concert for Womanshelter/Companeras. This Holyoke based organization has sheltered more than 2,000 women and children and assisted 30,000 others through community support programs.

The concert is entitled “Shelter of Peace” and will feature choral favorites from diverse cultures. The musical groups will sing selections separately as well as together. One of the musical selections will be sung in Ladino, which is a language spoken by the Spanish Jewish culture, a mixture of 16th century Spanish and Hebrew. One of the combined pieces, “Oseh Shalom”, arranged by Mak’hela” Director Elaine Broad Ginsberg, has been a favorite sung by the Madrigal Singers led by Mark Todd. It will be exciting for the students to meet the actual arranger of the music they know well.

This will be a rare opportunity for the Madrigal Singers to share the stage and perform with an adult chorus in a unique multigenerational and multicultural concert.  The concert will take place on Sunday, May 5th, 3:00 p.m., at Holyoke High School.  There is a suggest donation of $5 (or more) per person, and all proceeds will go to Womanshelter/Companeras.  This event is supported in part by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.