Suzanne and Sandor Gross Memorial Cantorial Shabbaton with Cantor Thom King

Join us for a special Cantorial Shabbaton with Cantor Tom King, beginning with Shabbat Dinner on Friday evening.

Feb. 23, 5:30 PM – Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv.  Following the Shabbat Dinner* Cantor King will present ” A Geborener or a Gevorener? (Hereditary or environment?) – One Singer’s Journey to the Bimah”
*there is a fee only for the Shabbat dinner and RSVP is required (contact the Temple office) All are invited to Cantor King’s talk after the Shabbat dinner; RSVP not required and there is no fee.

Feb. 24, 8:45 AM – Shabbat morning. After leading Shacharit and Mussaf, Cantor King will present “What is Jewish Music? The Cultural Influence of Secular Music on the Synagogue Service.”

Feb. 24, after Kiddush – Cantor King will discuss “Singing is Just the Beginning – the Changing Role of the Cantor and the Future of Hazzanut”

Click here for the Shabbaton brochure and here for the Shabbat dinner RSVP


Thom King’s calling to the role of Cantor came after long experience on the concert, opera, and theatre stage, and was the culmination of his pursuit of combining his love of singing with his love of Judaism. He constantly strives to share both the traditions and the spiritual beauty of his faith through music, and to touch the souls, hearts, and minds of listeners of all beliefs.

Cantor King graduated magna cum Laude from the Hartt School of Music, and in the following years garnered an impressive and varied list of over 60 professional operatic and musical theatre roles to his credit, including  Escamillo in CARMEN, RIGOLETTO, Germont in LA TRAVIATA and Don Quixote in MAN OF LA MANCHA.  During this time he also began serving occasionally as a Cantor, and eventually determined to make it his career. His journey eventually brought him and his family to Baltimore in 1997 to serve as Cantor of Beth El Congregation, the largest Conservative synagogue in Maryland. He still travels regularly for concerts and stage performances when his synagogue schedule allows.

As a composer, Cantor King has created numerous choral, solo, and symphonic works for the synagogue and concert stage, including a Selichot service for Cantor and solo cello which he presents annually with eminent cellist Evan Drachman, grandson of Gregor Piatagorsky. Several of his original niggunim (spiritual melodies) have been published by Transcontinental Music.

He is also a respected teacher of voice, both in private and University settings, and is showcased in a CD entitled “Thom King Sings Michael Isaacson,” featuring contemporary Jewish liturgical music.

The Annual Suzanne and Sandor Gross Cantorial Shabbaton was established with love by Dr .Lynne B. Harrison on memory of Suzanne and Sandor Gross, parents of Steve Gross, her son-in-law, and his sister, Renee Gross.  Suzanne and Sandor Gross, holocaust survivors, settled in Highland Park and were long time members of HPCT-CAE.  Cantorial music was a focal point of their lives.

  • Fri, Feb 23, 2018 - Sat, Feb 24, 2018
    6:00 pm