Cantor Arik Luck
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Update: Arik Luck to perform his Moishe Oysher tribute show at URJ Biennial in San Diego, with Sari Greenberg and the Euphoria Brass Band!
Cantor Arik Luck has served the Jewish community at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue since July of 2009, and is honored to be a part of an institution with such a rich and proud musical legacy. Cantor Luck received his ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music (HUC-JIR-DFSSM), in May of 2009, where he was the recipient of the Cantor Israel Goldstein Award for fluency in traditional worship music. He also earned a masters degree in sacred music from the HUC-JIR-DFSSM in 2008. A lover of all Jewish music, Cantor Luck seeks to incorporate all musical styles into worship, while concurrently and delicately maintaining the spiritual integrity of the service itself. In addition to leading t’filah (prayer), Cantor Luck is kept busy in numerous ways at Beth Emet, including in our Beit Sefer (religious school), working with our adult choir, overseeing Kol Emet: The Jewish Music Project (our annual Jewish music concert series), officiating life-cycle events, serving on the segel (faculty) with our Beth Emet campers and councilors at our Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) summer camp, OSRUI, in Oconomowoc, WI, and composing original Jewish music.
Cantor Luck’s recent concert appearances include various productions of his original musical revue, Moishe Oysher: The Master Singer of His People! performed in collaboration with actress and singer Sari Greenberg. The next performance will be Friday evening, December 13, 10:15 p.m., at the URJ Biennial Convention in San Diego, with special guests the Euphoria Brass Band. Click here to see footage of a previous performance. Previous productions have been mounted in Paris, New York, Chicago, and at Havah Nashira, an annual international Jewish folk music convention and workshop.
Cantor Luck was also featured recently as a solo performer during the opening and closing ceremonies of the previous URJ Biennial Convention in Washington D.C., before an international audience of over 6,500. Other recent concert appearances include the baritone soloist in the gala centennial tribute to Max Janowski at KAM Isaiah Israel in Hyde Park, and Voices of the Ages: a Journey through Jewish Song, performed in collaboration with various Jewish musicians from around the country in Aspen, CO. Cantor Luck also appeared recently as the baritone cantorial soloist in the Bloch Sacred Service with the Music Institute of Chicago, the Jewish representative soloist in Abraham's Children: A Prayer for Peace, at Indiana University with Iraqi tenor Omer Turkmenoglu, and as a featured performer in If it Weren't for the Irish and the Jews, at Northwestern University, with Irish folk singer and NYU scholar Mick Maloney. In the summer of 2012, Cantor Luck was honored to have been invited to serve on faculty at the URJ Summer Learning Institute at the Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR, where he led t’filah (worship) and taught various Jewish music workshops. He also holds a BFA in acting and musical theater from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. Cantor Luck’s debut record album, Arik Luck is Moishe Oysher: The Master Singer of His People! is available on iTunes and CD Baby. He is currently at work on a follow-up album of original Jewish music, composed in collaboration with his songwriting partner and regular Friday night collaborator, Barb Wertico. Cantor Luck lives in Evanston with his wife Rachel, and their two children, Yedidyah and Zohara.
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