'Melodies of Freedom': A musical Passover Seder

Sundown on the evening of April 5 marks the beginning of Passover.Pixabay

Melodies of Freedom


April 05, 2023

The beloved Passover holiday, which begins at sundown April 5 and ends April 13, commemorates the Jewish people's Exodus from enslavement to freedom. It is a time to think of all people enslaved and denied basic freedoms around the world. Join host Adam Fine for Melodies of Freedom, a Passover musical celebration that explores music's power to bring people together.


  • Seder Songs – Michael Isaacson

  • Go Down, Moses – Traditional

  • Their Land Brought Forth Frogs – George Frideric Handel

  • He Spake the Word – George Frideric Handel

  • He Gave Them Hailstones for Rain – George Frideric Handel

  • Ha Lachma Anya (This Is the Bread of Oppression) – Traditional arr. Bill Vanaver & Reggie Harris

  • A Seder for Peace – Stewart Grant *

  • Eliyahu Ha-Navi (Traditional Ashkenazi) – Traditional

  • El Eliyahu (Traditional Indian) – Traditional

  • Children’s Dance – Ernst Toch

  • Hymn – Ernst Toch

  • Passover Psalm – Erich Wolfgang Korngold **

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* Stewart Grant wrote A Seder for Peace for a seder that brought together Israelis and Palestinians, Christians, Muslims, and Jews for the cause of peace in the Middle East.

** Erich Wolfgang Korngold overcame personal tragedy during the Holocaust to express his faith in the Passover Psalm.

Adam Fine is a host on WCNY Classic FM in Syracuse, New York. He started singing in synagogue from a young age, sparking a lifelong interest in Jewish music. He has a bachelor’s degree in music education and composition from Northwestern University, where he also directed the Jewish a cappella group and Klezmer band.