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Hassidic Melodies: A unique multimedia concert comes to St. Louis

Chabad of Chesterfield, along with the chabad centers of the Greater St. Louis area, is hosting a live Hassidic melodies concert and multimedia event, “Songs of the Inspired Soul,” at 7 p.m. [doors open at 6:30 p.m.] on Wednesday, June 19, at the .Zack Performing Arts Theater, 3224 Locust Street in St. Louis.

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 traditional Hakafot, spirited dancing with the Torah.

“It’s the memory of this surreal setting that I wanted to capture,” concert producer Bentzi Avtzon said.

The concert 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 perfectly in line with what the Rebbe taught,” explained Rabbi Avi Rubenfeld, co-director of Chabad of Chesterfield. “He would often say that a feeling, 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 along with a performance by the local Zafirah String Quartet, an acclaimed St. Louis musical group. Each of the melodies will be introduced by a short, narrated film.

Tickets are $18 per person and are available at chabadofchesterfield.com/songs or by calling (314) 258-3401.

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