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The Chemistry of Kindred Spirits

As Zamir boarded the second leg of our flight toward Berlin, aware of each other’s seats on the plane, we spread out to our assigned seats.

We were suddenly aware of another group boarding the plane. They were obviously a group, wearing matching red polo shirts and black baseball caps, reading “JJMC-Berlin-2011”. It took us only a few moments to discern that “JJMC” stands for “Johannesburg Jewish Men’s Chorus”. They are headed to Berlin, like us, for a common purpose: a love for Jewish Music.

וקבצנו יחד מארבע כנפות הארץ
Gather us together, God, from the four corners of the Earth.

Aside from my continued connection to this phrase, the automatic chemistry we felt when we discovered each other on the plane was palpable. Journeying toward a common goal, a common purpose; but also traveling from a common history, a common heritage, and a common love.

הנה מה-טוב ומה-נעים, שבט אחים גם יחד
How good, how beautiful it is, for spiritual siblings to rendezvous, to sit, to learn, to sing together. To make ethereal music together.

We haven’t even set foot on the pavement in Berlin and my heart is racing from excitement (or is that caffeine again?). We soar high above German land and the clouds look so peaceful, but the landscape from this angle is grey. Let us bring color — and coloratura! — to this place. Let it influence our music, and our emotions.

We look forward, together with the many choristers, conductors, instrumentalists, staff, and audience members, to producing chords worthy of our great teacher’s own choir over 150 years ago. We hope to truly declare מה טובו אהליך יעקב, and fill the sleeping halls with virile energy. We hope to inspire Jews and non-Jews alike, singers and non-singers, to carry with them the legacy of the great Louis Lewandowski.

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