This is the original sextet version of Zack's latest masterpiece -- a five movement work that paints a loving
portrait of the Orthodox Jewish community in Baltimore's Reisterstown area. The first movement, "Torah Parade"
evokes one of the more unusual scenes from the community as people gather and then march a set of scrolls
from one temple to another. "One Minute 'til Shabbat" follows a rabbi stuck in traffic as he tries to
make it home before sundown. The time signature shifts several times as the seconds tick away in this
minute long piece. The third movement, "Under the Chuppah", uses flugels and the French horn to tell
the story of a young bride as she walks to the chuppah under which she will wed. The jazzy "Purim"
reflects one of the more interesting Jewish holidays, as all the men gather to dance and drink until late
in the evening. Finally, the work concludes with "Community", which brings together many of the different
elements into a lively dance, then a powerful prayer, and finally a haunting echo.
A brass quintet version has also been created specifically for that instrumentation.
Listen to a recording.
Movement 1 "Torah Parade"
Movement 2 "One Minute 'til Shabbat"
Movement 3 "Under the Chuppah"
Movement 4 "Purim"
Movement 5 "Community"