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How Good Can a Singing Group called Magevet (Hebrew for “towel”) be?

Very good indeed.  Magevet is the premier Jewish, Hebrew and Israeli a cappella group of Yale University, started in the spring of 1993.  For 13 years the group has been entertaining audiences around the globe and New Orleans is thrilled to be a part of Magevet's upcoming Southern tour.  It will be making several stops in our area from Jan. 11-14.  

Magevet’s repertoire includes a mix of Renaissance pieces, Israeli pop, Yiddish love songs, a Yemenite nashid, and a 5/4 ode to a coffeepot a la Dave Brubeck. The singers mix beautiful music with a spunky sense of humor, bringing a refreshing atmosphere to their concerts.

Magevet’s members are extremely talented vocalists, diverse and, not surprisingly—they do go to Yale—smart.  The group has earned international renown for its varied, innovative repertoire and its warm, interactive performance style. You have several chances to hear them. 

 

First, the New Orleans community is cordially invited to attend High Tea at which Magevet will perform on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. with the Southern Rims Seniors.  The event will be held at the Uptown JCC, 5342 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans.  The cost is $3 for Southern Rims members and $5 for non-members.  To RSVP for the Tea or to reserve a cab ($2 each way) call (504) 897-0143 or e-mail at debbiep@nojcc.com no later than Tuesday, Jan. 9. 

 

On Friday Jan. 12, beginning at 5:45 p.m., Magevet will sing at Shabbat evening services at B’nai Israel Congregation in Baton Rouge.  The service will be followed by a concert.  

 

On Saturday Jan. 13 Magevet will perform in concert at Northshore Jewish Congregation in Mandeville, beginning at 8 p.m.  This concert is open to the public and free of charge. 

 

And, finally, on Sunday Jan. 14 at 10:45 a.m. Magevet will sing at Temple Sinai in New Orleans for Religious School students, their parents, and the congregation.

Magevet tours internationally and within the United States.  Recent tours have crossed the country, traversing the California coastline and following the Mississippi river from Memphis to New Orleans. Magevites have explored the streets of London, basked in the Miami sun, straddled the Mexican-American border, and been presented with certificates of recognition from a Canadian Member of Parliament.  In January, in addition to visiting New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the group will travel to locations in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Magevet members are undergraduates from all grade levels at Yale University, majoring in areas from computer science to literature, psychology to music. Beyond the music and travel, Magevites are also close friends, having fun together both on and off the road.

Magevet has released its fifth album, Mik'tze Olam. This album returns to some of the group’s classic arrangements and adds some newer pieces. Visit www.yale.edu/magevet for more info. 

The college students that comprise Magevet are seeking home hospitality on Wednesday Jan. 9.  Please contact aliza.gordon@yale.edu if you can house 2 or more members of the group for the night.

 

So what’s up with the “towel” name?  Legend has it that the group was started by a bunch of Jewish guys singing in a sauna.  The name has clung to them every since.