Carlebach Goes Symphonic Plays to Sold Out Audience at Wilshire Ebell Theatre
On Sunday evening, January 15th, 1300 revelers packed the Wilshire Ebell Theatre to pay homage to late iconic singer, composer, and story-teller, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.
Beth Jacob’s Cantor Arik Wollheim, veteran singer Shlomo Simcha, and Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center’s Cantor Sol Zim sang spirited renditions of Carlebach’s most well-known melodies. They were accompanied by a 41-player, full symphony orchestra conducted by Ofir Sobol of Israel. Throughout the evening, audience members sang along and repeatedly rose to their feet for standing ovations as the cantorial trio sang hits like Lecha Dodi, Am Yisrael Chai, and B’Yerushalayim to the sold-out crowd.
The concert, which coincidentally took place on Carlebach’s Hebrew birthday, included a surprise appearance by Neshama Carlebach, who encouraged the audience to continue her father’s life’s work by engaging in nonjudgmental acts of lovingkindness, no matter how big or small.