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November 18, 2016  RSS feed
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Popular a capella group, the Maccabeats, adds second free show here


The Maccabeats will perform on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center as a Hanukkah present to the community. The Maccabeats will perform on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center as a Hanukkah present to the community. A free community Hanukkah celebration Sunday, Dec. 11 will feature two performances of the popular a cappella group, the Maccabeats.

The Maccabeats are an all-male a cappella group based at Yeshiva University. Performing an eclectic array of Jewish, American and Israeli songs, the group has recently emerged as both Jewish music and a cappella phenomena, with a large fanbase, more than 20 million views on YouTube, numerous TV appearances, and proven success with four albums, the most recent, A Maccabeats Hanukkah. The group has performed twice at the White House including at the 2015 Hanukkah party.

Their songs include the breakthrough hit, “Lecha Dodi,” combining beloved Jewish liturgy with the late Leonard Cohen’s melodic “Hallelujah.” They also have had YouTube sensations with original holiday parodies such as Hanukkah’s “Candlelight,” sung to Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” and the High Holiday’s “Book of Good Life, sung to OneRepublic’s “Good Life.”

The Maccabeats will perform at the 600-seat Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. The 3 p.m. concert is sold out and tickets for the 1 p.m. show are going quickly.

The concerts are a gift to the community from the Board of Rabbis of Pinellas County, Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, and the Louis Orloff Philanthropic Fund at T.O.P.

Tickets for the original 3 p.m. show became available in early October and by the end of the month, all those tickets had been snapped up. Jewish Federation Executive Director Emilie Socash and Federation President Steve Klein quickly determined that an additional show was warranted and got the wheels in motion to get that done.

They feel this is a chance to touch many lives in our area with the spirit and enthusiasm of Hanukkah.

To reserve tickets for the 1 p.m. show, go to www.jewishpinellas.org, look for the announcement and click on “RSVP now.”

About the Maccabeats

According to the Maccabeats website, the group often travels with little more than their signature white shirts and black ties. They have entertained and inspired hundreds of audiences worldwide, from Alabama to New Zealand and everywhere in between. Using nothing more than the unadulterated human voice, a clean-cut presentation, and a little Jewish humor, this unique group of singers is able to connect with fans of all backgrounds and ages.

Originally formed in 2007 as Yeshiva University’s student vocal group, the Maccabeats are all students or alumni of the YU. In all, there are 14 Maccabeats, but usually only seven or eight members perform together.

Though the Maccabeats aren’t your grandfather’s synagogue choir, the group’s members say Jewish ideology and identity play an important part in what they do.


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