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Songs of the Inspired Soul

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  • The Chabad Centers of the Greater St. Louis area will be hosting a live Hassidic melodies concert and multimedia event, for the first time in St. Louis, "Songs of the Inspired Soul" will be held on Wednesday, June 19, at the Zack Performing Arts Theater, 3224 Locust Street, St. Louis. Doors will open at 6:30 pm, the program will begin at 7:00 pm.  

    Combining film with a live musical performance by a string quartet, "Songs of the Inspired Soul" tells the story of the Hassidic melodies taught by the Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, The event will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Rebbe’s passing. Though he is known more for his written and spoken output, of which hundreds of volumes have been published, the Rebbe also left a musical legacy of Hassidic melodies. He taught these melodies to his followers on the holiday of Simchat Torah, well after midnight, after many hours of the Hakafot, the spirited dancing with the Torah. "It’s the memory of this surreal setting that I wanted to capture," says Bentzi Avtzon, who produced this concert, which has drawn large audiences in over 35 cities across the country. 
    When the Rebbe taught these melodies, he would accompany each of them with a story and a message. "This is very much in line with what the Rebbe taught," says Rabbi Yosef Landa, Regional Director of Chabad of Greater St. Louis. “He would often say that a sentiment, no matter how lofty and spiritual, is not significant, unless it translates into a practical message that can be applied to change an individual and the world for the better.”

    Six of these melodies, will be brought to life in arrangements by Maestro Israel Edelson and a
    performance by St. Louis’ Zafirah String Quartet, an acclaimed local musical group. Each of the melodies will be introduced by a short narrated film. An original production by Yuvla Media, this concert is a powerful experience in which words and melody mix, so that one can hear the music within the story and the story within the music.

    There is an ancient Hassidic adage that teaches: “If words are the quill of the mind, then
    melody is the quill of the soul.”  On June 19, at the ZACK Performing Arts Theater in St. Louis, these two quills will dip into the same well of ink.  

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