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It’s like fluoride, in the water (Mario Cuomo narrates Masada oratorio at Temple Emanu-El)

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I was told that on Thursday former NY Governor Mario Cuomo, who happens to be the father of the current NY governor, was making public remarks about Masada, the mountain near the Dead Sea that was the scene of a mass suicide by Jewish soldiers after the destruction of the second temple and that today is used by the Israeli army for inducting soldiers. And oh ye of little faith, I did not believe that Cuomo was doing such a thing. But google said I was wrong:

On April 28, the Boris Lurie Art Foundation will present a free concert at New York’s historic Temple Emanu-El. On the program is the world premiere of Marvin David Levy’s oratorio Atonement, a reworking of three of Levy’s previous pieces that have never before been performed in New York City. Exploring three critical moments of Jewish history – “Holocaust”, “Inquisition”, and “Masada”, Atonement will be performed by Grammy Award-winning soprano Ana María Martínez and tenor Michael Fabiano, a Grand Prize Winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, with narration by Mario M. Cuomo, former governor of the state of New York and father of current governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Eugene Kohn, who boasts an extensive recorded discography with Plácido Domingo, will lead a full choir and orchestra for the concert, which will be filmed for future television broadcasts on dates and networks to be announced. Full concert details follow below.

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