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Three Jewish Tenors



Perhaps it was inevitable: the Three Irish Tenors, the Three Russian Tenors, Three Mo' Tenors, and now the Three Jewish Tenors. But marketing gimmicks aside, these singers--like the other Tenors--are serious musicians with years of classical training and concert experience. (The Jewish Tenors are also all cantors.) Alberto Mizrahi, the longtime hazan at Lakeview's Anshe Emet Synagogue, focused on opera earlier in his career, but for the last decade or so he's carved a niche as a specialist in Jewish vocal music. His voice is clear and resonant, capable of emotional highs and lows, and he's not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve--they don't call him "the Jewish Pavarotti" because he's a little plump. I've heard Mizrahi performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and with the musicologically erudite Chants Mystique, and on those occasions I was impressed with the passion in his delivery. Eight years ago, Mizrahi hooked up with two like-minded fellow cantors--Toronto's Meir Finkelstein and the Houston-based David Propis--and formed a trio that can do Broadway and opera as easily as liturgy. Their local debut is the culminating event in Anshe Emet's celebration of Michael Siegel's 20th year as rabbi. Broadway will be represented by numbers from Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls, and Stop the World--I Want to Get Off. The Tenors will also perform a tribute to Moyshe Oysher, a legendary cantor remembered these days for his "Bessarabian scat singing"; a Yiddish theater medley; a selection of Yiddish music from Havana called "Bagels and Bongos"; a Harpo Marx tune; and a clutch of songs about early-20th-century Jewish immigration. Bring a hankie. Saturday, March 1, 7:30 PM, Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3760 N. Pine Grove; 773-868-5139.

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