Cantor Azi Schwartz is a world-renowned vocal performer and recording artist whose music reaches both Jewish and interfaith audiences. His craft of Jewish liturgical music has been described as emotionally moving, spiritually uplifting and artistically dynamic.
Azi grew up in a traditional community in Israel. His grandfather, also a cantor, inspired Azi to pursue his passion and inclination for singing and music. After graduating from the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute and studying under the top cantors in the world, Azi continued studying music, earning a Masters in Classical Singing and Conducting from Mannes School of Music in New York.
Since 2009, Azi has served as cantor at Park Avenue Synagogue, the largest conservative community in New York City and the flagship of Jewish liturgical music in North America. Following distinguished predecessors, including Cantor David Putterman and Cantor David Lefkowitz, Cantor Schwartz creates, records and publishes new liturgical music, as well as hosts world-class guest artists for concerts and worship.
Passionate about bringing Jewish liturgy to the broader world, Azi has performed at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Madison Square Garden, the US Capitol Rotunda and the Israeli Knesset. In 2018, Azi was featured in a PBS special titled The New York
Cantors, which brought cantorial music to millions of viewers across the US and in Europe. During Pope Francis's visit to New York in October 2015, Cantor Schwartz represented the Jewish people at the multi-religious service at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. He played the role of the cantor in Richard Gere's movie Norman, and he performs in concerts and interfaith missions around the world. Azi has an astounding online following. He has released nine studio albums containing traditional and newly commissioned Jewish liturgical music.
Colin Fowler became Music Director of Park Avenue Synagogue in 2016, after serving as organist since 2012. A seasoned church musician, Colin has previously led choirs and services at Trinity Wall Street, St. Thomas Church, Marble Collegiate Church and Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, among others. A versatile musician and conductor, Colin performed in numerous Broadway shows. He performed and recorded with many world-renowned musicians and ensembles, including Deborah Voigt, The Knights and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is also the Music Director for the Mark Morris Dance Group, hailed by The New York Times as "invaluable" and "central to Morris' music." Colin received his diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy and continued his education at The Juilliard School, where he received his bachelors and masters of music.
Sunday, January 20
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
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