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Israeli folk singer to perform Nov. 25

Posted 11/04/13

Shuly NathanThe Fitchburg State University Humanities Department and its world music studies program will present a performance on Monday, Nov. 25 at 3:30 p.m. by celebrated Israeli folk singer Shuly Nathan. The performance will be held in Kent Recital Hall in the Conlon Fine Arts Building at 367 North St. Admission is free.

As a beloved national singer, Nathan is known to have a warm, loving contact with her audiences, having people join her in singing and enjoy her wonderful storytelling about the songs and their bond to the rising of a new nation of Israel. Members from many religious traditions will find her stories to be heartwarming and her songs eloquent.

Her fame came overnight in 1967, when songwriter and composer Naomi Shemer selected her to sing a new song about Jerusalem commissioned by then-Mayor Teddy Kollek. The song, “Jerusalem of Gold,” became the hymn and prayer of the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, and endures in that country and has been translated into 40 languages across the globe.

Nathan annually tours the U.S., Canada and Europe, and has performed in Japan, Australia, Central America and New Zealand.

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