Joyful noises at AJ Music Festival

Voices, in all their ranges, were the focus of this year’s Adath Jeshurun Jewish Music Festival.

The Louisville Jewish Community Choir – a cross-section of Jewish Louisville, young and old – opened the program, and campus a capella groups Staam (Washington University of St Louis) and Hooshir (Indiana University), each making a return appearance at the festival, sang a selection of Jewish and Israeli music – Oseh Shalom, Al Hanisim, Yerushalayim Shel Zahav and Lecha Dodi.

They also performed contemporary music, such as Stitches by Shawn Mendes. Cantor David Lipp and vocalist Jennifer Diamond brought the show into the audience’s laps as they came down the aisle singing as a duet. All the performers finally gathered on the bima for a memorable finale.

As many as 250-275 people attended this year’s festival, which actually began over Shabbat as Hooshir and Staam made the rounds of area synagogues, singing samplings of their music.

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