Kolot Nashim: Jewish Music by Women Composers

The Zamir Chorale of Boston

For many centuries the world of professional music-making had been an exclusive male bastion in Western civilization. Female composers and public performers were a rarity in Europe and America and it was nearly impossible for them to have their works published or heard on concert stages. Kol ishah – the voice of a woman – was suppressed. Now we are presenting kolot nashim – the voices of many women, restoring them to their deserved position.

The Zamir Chorale of Boston will present the first of a two-part concert and conversation series, Kolot Nashim: Jewish Music by Women Composers, on November 17. This free, online program is dedicated to the memory of Linda Plaut, the City of Newton's longtime Director of Cultural Affairs and founder of the Newton Festival of the Arts. We also will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote and pay tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Kolot Nashim was originally scheduled to take place last spring, but due to the pandemic, we had to cancel and have reconfigured the program as a series of virtual events open to a world-wide audience. Each program will be co-hosted by Zamir’s Artistic Director, Joshua Jacobson, and conductor and Zamir alumna, Lidiya Yankovskaya. Our November event will feature composers Nurit Hirsh, Alice Parker, and Meira Warshauer, as well as performances of their music.

Thank you to our sponsors:


Robert and Myra Snyder


Gilbert and Jill Schiffer

Combined Jewish Philanthropies

Temple Reyim, Newton, MA


The Family of Rabbi H. Bruce Ehrmann, in loving memory

Cantor Erica Lippitz

For sponsorship opportunities ($360+), contact manager@zamir.org.

Please note that a link to the event will be sent on November 16 to those who preregister. Contact manager@zamir.org if you have a problem.
, 7:30 pm

United States

Recital & Concert