For the Reichs, singing is a family affair

By March 16, 2011

The Reich family will perform a special concert at 5 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road in Davis. Cantors Barry, Linda and Brian Reich are the children of Israel Reich, who was the cantor at Congregation Beth Shalom in San Francisco for many years. The three children are fifth-generation cantors and now Rachel Reich-Freed, 20, is extending the tradition to a sixth generation.

The family will perform a wide variety of music, from cantorial music to musical comedy, Broadway to opera. They’ll sing in Hebrew, English, Yiddish and Ladino.

Brian Reich is the cantor at Congregation Bet Haverim. Before coming to Davis, he was the cantor at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley for 20 years. With a bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Francisco State University as well as a degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he enjoys combining his musical skills along with his programming and administrative skills as a program director.

Barry Reich has been the cantor at Peninsula Temple Shalom in Burlingame for more than four ecades. He is loved for his approachable style sense of humor and comforting voice, a news release reported. The cantor received his education first at “The Breed Yeshiva” in Los Angeles and later attended the Ross McKee Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, receiving a bachelor’s degree in music.

Rachel Reich-Freed, 20, has had an unwavering passion for the arts since she was 5. She’s appeared in many musical theater productions, including “Grease,” “The Music Man,” “West Side Story,” “Die Fledermaus,” “Candide” and “The Beggar’s Opera.” She became the sixth generation of cantors in her family in 2009 when she accepted the position of cantor at Temple Rodeph Shalom in El Segundo, carrying on the family tradition.

Linda Reich-Freed made headlines when she became the first woman conservative cantor in February 1978. She was chosen to become the official cantor of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and that same year was invited to sing at the World Chassidic Festival in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa. Her recording of “Barcheynu Avinu” appears on the record album “World Chassidic Festival.”

A music major at San Francisco State University, she is the cantor at Temple Ner Maarav in Encino.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for children and students. For tickets, call the synagogue office at (530) 758-0842 or visit http://www.bethaverim.org.

Enterprise staff

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