Suite composed in honor of Hazzan Leubitz's 20th Anniversary as the Hazzan/Cantor at Temple Beth El
Arranged by Jonathan Allentoff
Instrumentation: Clarinet, Viola & Piano
Cantor Martin Leubitz served Congregation Beth Am in Cleveland, Ohio for over twenty years before coming to Temple Beth El of Rochester, NY in 1995.
A vocal performance major at the University of Akron, Cantor Leubitz graduated from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1972. During his career, he has become known not only for his highly interpretive renditions of the liturgy, but also for his delightful musical programs including selections of Yiddish, Hassidic and Broadway show music.
Cantor Leubitz has composed and published several pieces for Hazzan and Congregation, which he uses as part of the Sabbath and Holiday services. He is the featured soloist on two recordings, “High Holiday Favorites” and “Shma Koleinu.” He appeared with the Rochester Oratorio Society concert in 2005 performing the Ernest Bloch, Sacred Service (Avodat Hakodesh) at the Hochstein Performance Hall. In addition, Cantor Leubitz has recorded Temple Beth El’s setting of Friday Night Live.
A member of the Cantors Assembly, Cantor Leubitz served on the national Executive Council and as chair of the Tri-State Region.
The Jewish Theological Seminary awarded Cantor Leubitz an honorary Doctor of Music degree December 2008 for his contributions during his career in the cantorate.