Three Sopranos to Perform at JCC of LBI

Jul 19, 2017

Three Sopranos will perform a program of Broadway hits, rock and pop songs, jazz favorites and traditional music at the Jewish Community Center of LBI in Spray Beach at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 30.

Note: Three Sopranos, not The Three Sopranos.

The popularity of The Three Tenors – Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, whose “The Three Tenors in Concert” became the best-selling classical music album in history – in the 1990s spawned imitators such as the Irish Tenors, China’s Three Tenors, Three Mo’ Tenors and The Canadian Tenors.

The ladies got into the game with The Three Sopranos – Kathleen Costello, Kallen Esperian and Cynthia Lawrence. They got together in 1996, toured with Pavarotti twice and released an album but never reached the heights of their male counterparts.

So Sandy Bernstein, Rebecca Schwartz and Elizabeth Shammash, the Three Sopranos who will appear at the JCC, are wise not to include “The” in their name.

All three, though, are cantors. So, why not The Three Cantors? Sorry, already taken, by three priests of the Anglican Church of Canada for 19 years until 2016 when one of its members was consecrated bishop. So, Three Sopranos it is.

Bernstein is the cantor for Congregation El-Ner Tamid in Broomall, Pa. She has a three-octave range and combined her passions of music and Judaism by earning a BA in music from California State University Northridge and her ordination as a cantor after studying at the Academy for Jewish Religion California.

Schwartz serves as the cantorial soloist and music director at Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park, Pa. She’s a professional singer, guitarist and songwriter and has performed nationally and internationally – in Canada, Israel and The Netherlands – since 1974. Schwartz has written and co-produced five albums.

Shammash is the cantor at Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell, Pa. She has performed with orchestras throughout the U.S. and the world such as the China National Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony and the Seattle, Toledo, Hartford and Memphis Symphonies. Concert appearances include Tanglewood, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and the Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series. She’s also taken on major roles for the New York City Opera, the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Berkshire Opera and the Palm Beach Opera, besides recording extensively. Shammash earned a master’s degree in music and voice performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a B.A. in Italian Studies from Brown University.

Tickets for the Three Sopranos are $45 for general admission and $60 reserved and may be purchased by calling the JCC of LBI at 609-492-4090.  —R.M.




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