Emanuel Perlman, lyric tenor, composer, lecturer, recording artist and therapist has begun his 21st year as the Hazzan of the historic Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore, Maryland. Hazzan Perlman has concertized extensively throughout the United States. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Music and Voice from Rhode Island College and a Masters Degree in Psychiatric Social Work from Yeshiva University. Emanuel also attended the Cantors Institute at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Emanuel has studied voice with the eminent Prof. William Riley in New York City since 1998. He studied voice and opera for ten years with the late Kurt Baum, known as the “generic tenor” of the Metropolitan Opera. Perlman was called “a combination Caruso and Mel Torme” by Larry King.
Hazzan Perlman was a member of The Cantors Perlman 5 consisting of his late father and three brothers who are all cantors. He has an original healing CD called “Spiritual Ambrosia” on Arabesque Records, a recording entitled “Face to Face” and his most recent recording, “Destination Peace. Cantor Perlman sang with his cantorial family for two weeks throughout Israel. He also co-led a mission to Israel with his cantorial brothers in July 2008, where he and his brothers performed in honor of Israel’s 60th anniversary. Also in 2004, he premiered an original composition Achein Yeish with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at a concert that raised $750,000 for Meir Panim (soup kitchens) in Israel.
Hazzan Perlman sang the tenor solo in Handel’s “Israel in Egypt” with the Handel Choir at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore as well as the tenor role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Maryland Jewish Chorale Society. He has also portrayed Christopher Columbus and the Pharoah Akhenaten at the University of Maryland Clinical Pathological Conferences at Davidge Hall. In November and December 2006, he lectured on The Aleppo Codex at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. In February 2007 and February 2009, Cantor Perlman performed throughout Cuba for the Jewish community. On January 6, 2010 Cantor Perlman performed an original show entitled “A Life of Coincidences” at the Players Club in New York City. On April 15, 2010 Cantor Perlman sang at the Capitol Rotunda for the U.S. National Day of Remembrance Ceremony sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. In 2010 Hazzan Perlman was presented with his communities (Pikesville, Maryland) “Volunteer of the Year Award.”
He served for five years as the cantorial representative for the Conservative Movement of Judaism’s Committee on Jewish Laws and Standards. In 2012 Hazzan Perlman presented a musical lecture/discussion along with the esteemed Conductor/Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Maestra Marin Alsap. In June 2013 he received an Honorary Doctorate in Music at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. In November 2013 Hazzan Perlman concertized in Hebrew at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah.
With John Kiehl, co-founder and co-owner of the Academy/Grammy Award winning SoundTrackStudios and eminent voice pedagogue, Professor William Riley (Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, etc.), he is an app conceptualizer and developer. Together they also facilitate The Construct Institute (TCI). Members of the TCI include actor Richard Dreyfuss, Don Beck (Spiral Dynamics) and singer, Peter Yarrow.
“Manny” is the Founder and CEO of Destination Peace International Inc. (Destinationpeace.org) Its mission is to create harmony throughout the world by bringing people together regardless of religious affiliation or cultural differences through music, conflict resolution, peace curriculum and a universal language.
Click here to see a video of Hazzan Perlman performing at the Capital Rotunda.
Click here to see a video of Cantors 5 on PBS.