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Robert Applebaum

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Robert Applebaum (b. 1941) has written show music featured in professional productions of Six Ages of Man and Hands Around in Love, revues that played nightly in Chicago for more than a year. During 1970’s and 80’s, he continued to compose songs and incidental music for theatrical productions that took place at Loyola University and the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston, Il. In 1980, Applebaum began to write Jewish liturgical music for use in services. Besides creating new settings of prayers, psalms, and other Jewish texts, he has written choral arrangements of many non-liturgical Hebrew and Yiddish songs.

Applebaum’s secular and non-secular choral music has received frequent performance in concert settings throughout the country by a variety of vocal ensembles including the Halevi Chorale Society, the Chicago Children’s Choir (who sang Applebaum’s setting of V’ahavta at the 2000 White House holiday concerts), the Chicago Institute of Music Chorale, SHE (New York City), and the Pacific Mozart Ensemble (Berkeley, CA). His pieces have been featured many times at the Zamir North American Summer Choral Festival (New York).

Chicago a cappella included two of his Chanukah pieces on their 2002 CD Holidays Live!, three of his settings of Shakespeare texts on their highly acclaimed 2005 Çedille release, Shall I Compare Thee?, and his setting of Im ein ani li, mi li on their 2011 release Days of Awe and Rejoicing.

As a jazz pianist/composer he has three albums to his credit: Hora and Blue (with the Modern Klezmer Quartet, on the Global Village label, 1993), The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree (jazz piano duos with his son Mark Applebaum, on the Innova label, 2002), and Friday Night Jazz Service (2007).