Noah Aronson, acclaimed musician and performer, Temple Beth-El’s guest “Artist-In-Residence” on April 13-14
Noah Aronson, a soulful, energetic composer and performer, will serve as the guest Artist-In-Residence at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee Road, Northbrook, on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14, 2018.
The weekend will be highlighted by a mega concert on Saturday evening, April 14 by Aronson and his band starting at 7 p.m. at the congregation.
Community residents are invited to join with members of the congregation in enjoying Aronson and his band, known for inspiring communities across the U.S. and beyond.
“I encourage people to attend because at any point during the weekend they will feel recharged, energized, and will be in the presence of true musical genius,” said Cantor Faryn Kates Rudnick at Temple Beth-El. “In my opinion, Noah is like Debbie Friedman, in terms of the music he produces, its place in Jewish music history, and its impact on the Jewish community at large.”
“The concert (Saturday evening, April 14), where Noah will be joined by his band, will be an incredible night of music that blends genres, styles, and sacred and secular. If someone would pay to go to Ravinia, then they should come to this – he’s that good,” the Cantor added.
The Artist-in-Residence weekend at Temple Beth-El begins on Friday evening, April 13 at 7 p.m. (preceded by a Shabbat Dinner at 6 p.m.) with Aronson leading Shabbat Services as well as the Casual Minyan on Saturday morning, April 14 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a “Lunch and Learn” brunch where he will teach “From the Left Side of the Page.”
“At the Saturday morning service, Noah will lead a workshop exploring the creative readings and poetry found on the left side of the page of our Siddur, Mishkan T’filah, which he and other composers have used to create new musical settings for contemporary Reform prayer,” Cantor Rudnick explained.
After earning a degree in Jazz Composition and Piano from Berklee College of Music, he held the position of Composer-in-Residence at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, MA where he produced 4 albums of Jewish communal music with his mentor Cantor Jodi Sufrin.
As a solo musician, Noah has released two full length albums and songbooks entitled ‘Am I Awake’ and ‘Left Side of the Page.’ Music from these albums are now sung in progressive communities and summer camps worldwide and has been included as part of the Cantorial curriculum at the Hebrew Union College’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in New York City.
Renowned for his unique and engaging style of prayer leadership, he had the distinct honor of leading over 5,000 people in Shabbat worship at the 2013 URJ Biennial in San Diego, CA.
Noah serves on the faculty of the annual Hava Nashira and Shabbat Shira workshops in Oconomowoc, WI and the Shirei Chaggiah workshop in London, England.
Noah lives in New York City and is currently serving as the Creative Director of Sacred Music NY, a non-profit organization that organizes concerts and events around New York City bringing together spiritual musicians from diverse backgrounds to inspire interfaith dialogue and social change.