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Robbie Solomon
Cantor Robbie Solomon is internationally known as a composer of Jewish choral works and synagogue repertoire. His stirring anthem “Leaving Mother Russia”, written in 1979, became the rallying cry of the Soviet Jewry movement and established him as a musical interpreter of Jewish conscience. He has since authored dozens of songs of Jewish content, including “World of Our Fathers”, “Falasha Nevermore”, "Peace by Piece,” and is well known as a performer/songwriter member of the popular Jewish music group SAFAM.

In addition to over ten recordings with SAFAM, Cantor Solomon’s works have been performed and recorded by numerous cantors and choirs throughout the world. A series of his choral works have been published by Transcontinental Music Publications and a book of solo pieces and duets for the synagogue is due to be released in the Spring of 2007.

His many commissions have included several major works - a Friday night service, written for Congregation Neveh Shalom, Portland, OR in 1989; a Havdalah service, written for Temple Emanuel, Worcester, MA in 1993; and a Torah Service written for Temple Beth-El, Northbrook, IL in 1999. Cantor Solomon has also been commissioned on several occasions to write choral pieces for Zamir Chorale of Boston, MA, and his works have been regularly featured at the annual North American Jewish Choral Festival.

Solomon’s synagogue works are characterized by their melodic lyricism and accessibility. As a cantor, (currently serving Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA) Robbie fashions his compositions for use in the services. His music strives to bring the voice of the congregation into the prayers, mixing the familiar with the new

A major accomplishment in recent years was the production of Cantor Robbie Solomon’s full-length original musical, “The Orphan Queen: The Story of Esther”, which has been produced in several locations since its first run in 1997 which included a four week engagement in the Spring of 1999 at the Jewish Theatre of New England.

Along with an Orthodox upbringing in Baltimore, Maryland, and rabbinical study at the Hebrew Union College, Cantor Solomon received conservatory training at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, Berklee College of Music, and New England Conservatory. He is certified with both the Reform and Conservative movements, the ACC and CA respectively.

Cantor Solomon and his wife, Helen, live in Lexington, MA and have two sons, Byron and Sam.

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