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The New York Cantors is a concert starring a trio of New York's new generation of  charismatic and versatile young Cantors, who celebrate Jewish identity with its most  joyous and inspiring musical treasures. They’re accompanied by a 16 piece orchestra  led by the conductor and musical director of the Gulf Coast Symphony, Maestro  Andrew Kurtz. 

The project was launched in 2018 with a television concert for PBS that attracted a huge audience of Jewish music fans over several seasons. The broadcast coincided with Jewish holidays and were particularly successful as fundraisers for local PBS channels. The New York Cantors have been seen by millions.  

Some of the most beautiful music experienced by Jewish communities around the world throughout Jewish history are prayers sung by cantors during holidays and shabbat services. For this concert, these ancient songs have been given  splendid new arrangements by the accomplished Dutch composer/arranger Bob  Zimmerman. The concert also includes popular selections from the rich repertoire of secular music that has given expression to Jewish life and been a source of inspiration and entertainment to audiences worldwide. From Second Avenue to Broadway, from the Shtetl to Israel, the Jewish soul comes alive through its musical treasures.

The New York Cantors 2024-2025 cast, all serving synagogues in New York, are:  Brooklyn-born Yaakov (Yanky) Lemmer, Head Cantor of Lincoln Square Synagogue,  the Central Synagogue’s Senior Cantor, Daniel Mutlu, and Cantor Chaim Dovid Berson,  of the prestigious congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. 

 

The musical director of The New York Cantors is Maestro Andrew Kurtz, conductor of the Gulf Coast Symphony, Ft.Myers, Florida. Producer is Daniel Hart, long-time creator and producer of fundraising concerts for PBS The Irish Tenors, Friar Alessandro, The Voice from Assisi, South London’s famous boy choir, Libera, as well as  PBS’s original cantorial trio concert in 2003, Cantors, A Faith in Song, memorably featuring cantorial greats, Alberto Mizrahi, Benzion Miller, and Naftali Hershtik.  

The New York Cantors North American touring is represented by Moishe Rosenfeld of Goldenland Concerts & Connections. Email: Concerts@goldenland.com

2024-2025 Cast

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Yaakov Lemmer: Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Cantor Yaakov  “Yanky” Lemmer is one of the leading young cantors  on the cantorial horizon. His beautiful lyric tenor voice,  dramatic color, and precise coloratura have garnered  him universal praise among his peers and connois seurs, alike. He began his singing career as the star soloist of the Young Israel of Bethel Choir, where world renowned cantor Ben Zion Miller took him under his  private tutelage. Yaakov earned a scholarship to the Belz School of Jewish Music at Yeshiva University,  where he studied with Cantors Joseph Malovany and  Bernard Beer. He also studied with cantorial legend  Cantor Noach Schall, and has won a scholarship for vocal training in N.Y.C. Now an internationally renowned concert artist, Yaakov is in constant demand on the concert stage and synagogues, thrilling audiences throughout the world. He has ap peared at the Tel Aviv Culture Hall with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and has been  featured throughout the United States, Canada,

England, and at various European Cul ture Festivals. In addition, he tours extensively with grammy award winning, Jazz/Klez  legend, Frank London and receives rave reviews for his unique interpretations of tradi tional liturgical music. He has also officiates at some of the world’s most prominent  pulpits throughout the world. His repertoire spans many genres and languages, including traditional Hebrew liturgy,  Yiddish folk, Opera, Broadway, Israeli, and more.

In additional to his Cantorial vocation, Yaakov is a Licensed Special Education Therapist, working with special needs children in Brooklyn, NY.  He currently serves as Cantor of Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York City.

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Chaim Dovid Berson: Cantor Chaim Dovid Berson, born and raised in Jerusalem, is the Chief Cantor of the prestigious congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Cantor Berson received his education at the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Subsequently, he graduated from the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute, receiving an unparalleled quality of training in Chazzanut, voice skills, and the Mesorah of our Tefilah, under the personal tutelage of the world-renowned Cantor Naftali Hershtik and composer Raymond Goldstein. His mellifluous, lyrical tenor voice, his deep knowledge in music and prayer as well his personal charisma, make Cantor Berson unique in his craft and much sought after as a Chazzan and singer. An internationally acclaimed Chazzan and Hassidic music singer, Cantor Berson has performed at music festivals throughout North America, Israel, and Europe. Cantor Berson has led several missions to Poland, teaching and inspiring visitors of all ages to connect to their Jewish roots and learn about the life and destruction of European Jewry. He was invited to the United Nations General Assembly, where he recited a memorial prayer for the victims of the Holocaust, has performed on Central Park’s Summerstage in a concert celebrating Israel, as well as at the Krakow Jewish Festival, and was a featured singer with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Cantor Berson has served as the Chief Cantor of The Jewish Center on

the Upper West Side of Manhattan as well as associate Cantor at the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue in Montreal and the Ohel Leah Synagogue in Hong Kong, and is constantly in demand to lead services in leading synagogues worldwide.

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Daniel Mutlu: Cantor Daniel Mutlu was called to serve as Senior Cantor of Central Synagogue in 2017. Cantor Mutlu is a first generation American born to Turkish Jewish parents. Raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, Cantor Mutlu attended the Yeshiva Academy Achei Tmimim and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from theNew England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 2001. After serving as a cantorial soloist at Temple Emanuel of Worcester, Massachusetts, Cantor Mutlu pursued a master’s degree in sacred music at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. Upon ordination in 2008 he served as Cantor of Community Synagogue of Rye, New York, until 2011. He was then honored to serve as Cantor of Congregation Beth Israel of Houston, Texas, from 2011 to 2017. In Houston, Cantor Mutlu served on the board of the Anti-Defamation League Southwest Region, where he worked with their interfaith committee.Cantor Mutlu has performed with many premier musical ensembles including the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Ars Lyrica, Houston Bach Society, Alarm WillSound, and Park East Synagogue Choir. As a member of NYC’s The Choir of TrinityWall Street, he earned two glowing musical reviews from the New York Times. Cantor Mutlu can be heard as tenor soloist on Naxos’ eight-disc set The Complete Haydn Masses as well as on Navona Records’ Requiem: For the Living. He was a featured soloist on Musica Omnia and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street’s release Handel: Israel in Egypt, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2013. Since 2019, Mutlu has been touring internationally as the main cantorial soloist for the Night Holocaust Project. His recent performances in Russia, Lithuania, and Germany have been nationally televised and future performances have been planned for Latvia and England. Cantor Mutlu walked the red carpet at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival where “The Song of Names,” a movie featuring his first role in film, was screened and enthusiastically received. Mutlu is also featured in the documentary, “A Cantor’s Head.”

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