The Cantor Danto Music Collection is a rare, cherished, historical collection of Jewish musical books, manuscripts, published sheet music, cassettes and records. The collection was donated to the Synagogue by Cantor Louis Danto, who joined Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue in 1973.
Cantor Louis Danto is one of the leading Cantors of our generation and an acclaimed tenor and concert artist. His musical collection includes more than 50 categories of Jewish and classical music from all over the world, with some documents dating back over 150 years.
Preserving the materials is the first step in making the collection available for the benefit of the general public, students, and professional musicians.
When the project is completed, you will be able to listen to the collection on a new music system at the library or via the internet. Some of the collection will be available for short term loans to academic, musical or Jewish institutions.
At a substantial cost, each item must be catalogued according to international library standards. Computer software and digitization is used to preserve the original documents. This process has been under way by a volunteer committee of lay people and professionals for over 2 years.
The Collection has been praised by a number of experts, including Professor Edwin Seroussi, the Emmanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology and Director of Jewish Music Research Centre of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Dr. Eliott Kahn, who has been the Music Archivist at the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary, for over 12 years.
Donations are needed to help fund this valuable project. To make a tax deductible donation to the “Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Cantor Danto Music Collection Library Fund”, please call the synagogue at 416.633.3838.