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Cantor's Corner

Please check this page often for postings from Cantor Daniel Mutlu.

Bach Society

Cantor Daniel Mutlu will be featured as Tenor soloist at the Bach Society concert, 6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 22, 2017, at Congregation Beth Israel. "Bach and the Psalms" will provide an intimate evening of Bach's early cantatas based on Psalm texts. It will feature the Bach orchestra principal players and four singers.

Click here for ticket and other information.

Hashkiveinu - written and performed by Cantor Daniel Mutlu
Performed live, Friday, August 12, 2016 at
Congregation Beth Israel, Houston

CORE - Beth Israel's New Congregational Singing Group

Please follow this link for information on CORE 2016-2017.

Cantor Daniel Mutlu will present the American premiere of three Yiddish songs for voice and orchestra by Russian-Jewish composer Leo Zeitlin (1884-1930) on an all-Zeitlin concert at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center Monday, February 29, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the door or online.

The 60-piece orchestra will be conducted by Robert Linder, well known to Houston audiences from Gilbert & Sullivan, TUTS, and numerous other ensembles. The concert will also feature the first performance in 85 years of the overture Palestina. Zeitlin composed Palestina in September 1929 for the orchestra at the Capitol Theatre, one of New York’s huge “picture palaces,” which programmed it to mark the High Holy Days. All the works on the program were discovered in 1990 by Houston musicologist Paula Eisenstein Baker in a trunk of papers in the hands of the composer’s daughter.

In the News!

Cantor Daniel Mutlu was recently featured in an article appearing in the HUC-JIR Chronicle.
Here's a link to the publication.
The article featuring Cantor Mutlu begins on page 30 of the Chronicle.

A recording of Requiem: For the Living was released on September 11, 2015. Cantor Daniel Mutlu was featured as a soloist on the recording. The recording has been submitted for Grammy consideration.

Information on the recording is available here.
Further information is available here.

Cantor Daniel Mutlu sang the Star Spangled Banner before the
Houston Astros played the Texas Rangers on September 27, 2015

Cantor Daniel Mutlu is one of the featured artists in Voices of the Spirit: A Visual Poem.
The premier screening will be held at Folklore Films Studio,
4118 Fannin St (77003), 6:30 p.m., Saturday, October 10.
Free and open to the public.
RSVP here.
click for a brief preview.

Cantor Daniel Mutlu will be singing at a concert in Aspen, Colorado on Tuesday, August 4. The Man Upstairs? Questioning God through Music is sponsored by the Aspen Jewish Congregation. Click here for further information about the concert.

Alexander's Feast, or The Power of Music

Cantor Daniel Mutlu will be the tenor soloist when Ars Lyrica presents Alexander's Feast by G.F. Handel. The performance will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. For further information, please visit the Ars Lyrica event page.

Tickets are available through the Hobby Center box office. From this page, click the BUY TICKETS link.


Cantor Daniel Mutlu will be featured singing cantorial music from the Golden Age of Jewish music at a concert presented by the Houston Arts Alliance Folklife + Traditional Arts Program at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 and at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. The concert will be presented at the Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd. Admission is free and open to the public with reservations. Visit to reserve your seats. For additional information, please call 713-496-9901.

Cantor Daniel Mutlu's CD, A Musical Year at Beth Israel is available in ourJudaica Gift Shop for $18.00 or $20.00 if we mail it to you. Proceeds from the sale of this album will go to enhance our musical programs.

Click for a PDF of the mailer

Cantor Daniel Mutlu sang the National Anthem at the Astro's game on Sunday, July 13, 2014.
Here's the video.

CORE - Beth Israel's New Congregational Singing Group

Please follow this link for information on CORE

Shirim Team

We are very excited about another great year of Beth Israel’s Youth Choir, Shirim Team.

Dates for Shirim Team, Sundays, Noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Shlenker music room:
9/14, 9/21, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14

1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26

View the flyer...

Adult B'nei Mitzvah Class

Classes are held 9:30-10:30am on most Sunday mornings that the MBJLC is in session. The course begins with Hebrew study and prayer review, culminating in the participants' B'nei Mitzvah in April or May of 2016.

This year our Rabbis and Cantor will teach sessions and guide students along with our wonderful Hebrew teacher, Elyse Bell. This is the first year of this course.

A Level 2 Adult Hebrew class will begin in late August 2015. For more information and/or to register for the second year of this course, please contact Greg Tucker in the Cantor's office, 713-771-6221 x311.

This year the Adult B'nei Mitzvah class has added a blog. Click here to go to the blog.

Adult B'nei Mitzvah Class Dates:
2014: September 14, 21 / October 12, 19, 26 / November 2, 9, 16, 23 / December 7, 14

2015: January 11, 25 / February 8, 22 / March 8, 29 / April 12, 26

Adult B'nei Mitzvah

Join us as a group of our adults become

B'nei Mitzvah

And are called to the Torah

Services will be held in the Sanctuary

at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25 and 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 26

Please note that the Friday evening service will also be Shabbat Amp'd

Music of Memory and Hope

Congregation Beth Israel and the Houston Grand Opera are joining forces to present Music of Memory and Hope.

In this program, composers Lawrence Siegel and Paul English will premiere new works about hope, featuring the words of Holocaust survivor Naomi Warren. Siegel's Nunia: A Portrait of Naomi Warren, continues Naomi's story from where it leaves off in the final movement (“I Am Here”) of his Kaddish, which was premiered in its full orchestra and chorus version by the Houston Symphony in 2010. Cantor Daniel Mutlu will sing the Kaddish from this work. “I Am a Memorial,” a poem by 2003 Warren Fellow Erin Balfour, inspired by Naomi Warren, and set to music by composer Paul English, will be performed as the concert finale.

You are welcome to join us for this program in Congregation Beth Israel’s Sanctuary, 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Admission is free, but please RSVP to (713) 771-6221 x336 so that we know how many to expect.

Portraits of Love

Join Cantor Daniel Mutlu at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 15 at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, as he presents "Portraits of Love" as part of the Houston Early Music Festival. Cantor Mutlu will be joined by Matthew Dirst, Harpsichord, Colin St. Martin, Flauto Traverso and Mary Springfels, Viola da Gamba, as they present music by Francois Couperin, Jean-Marie Leclair, C. P. E. Bach and J. S. Bach.

Tickets will be available at the door for $10.00. Admission is free with a Houston Early Music Festival pass.

Learn more about the Houston Early Music Festival here.

St. Philip Presbyterian Church is located at 4807 San Felipe St, 77056.

Front Row Interview
Cantor Daniel Mutlu and Nina Faia Mutlu were interviewed by Bob Stevenson for the KUHA program Front Row prior to the Salamone Rossi concert.
Listen to the interview here.

Twilight Meditation

Cantor Daniel Mutlu, Jewish Contemplative Service
Rothko Chapel, 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 12

Further information here

Congregation Beth Israel Cantor Daniel Mutlu leads a contemplative practice of Jewish worship music. Mutlu earned a Masters in Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City and was invested into the Cantorate in 2008. Mutlu also served as Professor of Traditional Nusach at Hebrew Union College. An avid composer and arranger, Mutlu has also premiered original works in Boston, Jerusalem, and New York. He has sung with a number of premier musical organizations and houses of worship, most notably with the Trinity Choir Wall Street where he received two glowing musical reviews from the New York Times for solo performances. He may be heard on the recently released Naxos eight-disc set of The Complete Haydn Masses.

Cantor Daniel Mutlu spoke on The Spirituality of Music at this event at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 5.


Come all, with open ears and open minds! Please join us on Tuesday, November 5th at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St (77004), for our symposium, "Harmony: Spiritual and Cognitive Communion Through Music."

This pleasant evening will feature seminars and performances that will describe, demonstrate, and discuss why music moves our individual spirits, how it unites us in congregation, and why it is so vital for our physical and mental well-being. A composer, a music therapist, a neuroscientist, and a cantor will all offer their perspectives, including exemplary performances.

Dinner will be served. Students receive discount admission.

For more information, please visit our EVENT PAGE.

Register Now!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.We hope to see you soon!


Cy Wirls
Institute for Spirituality and Health

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
Cantor Daniel Mutlu sings the National Anthem in Minute Maid Stadium at the Astro's last 2013 regular season game on Sunday, September 29, 2013.

Check out the video on YouTube

Abendmusik Concert: Works by Bach's Sons
Abendmusik Concerts are named after a tradition–begun in the seventeenth century and perhaps best known under Buxtehude around 1700–of giving public concerts in churches outside of worship services, often financed by businessmen and private donors. In this series the Bach Society presents secular works, larger sacred works such as the passion settings and oratorios, and guest ensembles in a concert setting.

Cantor Daniel Mutlu will be featured as a soloist at this concert scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Details, including ticket information, are available here.

Houston Grand Opera presents an Opera Camp performance of Brundibár with songs and poems from I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

On Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29, campers, grades 7-12, will present free performances of
Brundibár (Tony Kushner edition) at the Heinen Theatre. Brundibár, a children's opera by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása, with a libretto by Adolph Hoffmeister, was originally performed by the children of Theresienstadt Concetration Camp in Czechoslavakia.

Friday, June 29, 2:00 p.m. - Open Dress Rehearsal
Friday, June 29, 5:30 p.m. - Performance #1 (Free Admission)
Saturday, June 30, 2:00 p.m. - Performance #2 (Free Admission)

Location: Heinen Theatre (3517 Austin St, 77004)
Houston Community College - Downtown Campus

Cantor Daniel Mutlu sang with the Houston Chamber Choir
Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7:30 pm
The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard, Houston, TX 77019

This was the Houston Chamber Choir's first performance of Mozart's Great Mass in C minor, K. 427

More information here...

Cantor Daniel Mutlu's Sermons

Cantor Daniel Mutlu has recently added his sermons from Shabbat Chazzanut to our web site.
You may find them here.

Jazz Shabbat - August 24, 2012
Listen to excerpts
from our second Jazz Shabbat which took place on August 24, 2012.

Prayers, Blessings and Songs
Jump to this page
to hear Cantor Mutlu sing, chant and read Prayers, Blessings and Songs from our prayer book, Mishkan T'filah.

Beatles Shabbat - March 23, 2012

On March 23, 2012 Cantor Mutlu presented Beatles Shabbat. Our regular Friday night liturgy was sung to the tunes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Enjoy these excerpts.

Vocal Recital and Interview - February 26, 2012

On Sunday, February 26, 2012 Cantor Mutlu presented a Vocal Recital in Cullen Hall on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. He was accompanied by Robert Brewer, University of St. Thomas faculty member and Beth Israel's assistant Organist. They presented works by Handel, Bach and Dichterliebe by Schumann.

"The Front Row" show on Houston Public Radio's Classical Music Station, 91.7 fm, interviewed Cantor Mutlu before the Recital.

Here is a link to the interview.

Klezmatics Concert - February 19, 2012
On February 19, 2012 Cantor Mutlu sang at a concert by the Klezmatics in Congregation Beth Israel's Sanctuary.
Here's a clip of Hayoim Teamtzeinu from that concert.

Down Home Shabbat - January 20, 2012
Enjoy the following excerpts from the music of Down Home Shabbat, January 20, 2012

Shabbat Chazzanut - December 2, 2011
Enjoy the following excerpts from the music of Shabbat Chazzanut, December 2, 2011

Installation - November 11, 2011
Read Congregation President Kevin Lewis' remarks at Cantor Mutlu's Installation Service

Jazz Shabbat - August 26, 2011
Listen to excerpts
from our Jazz Shabbat which took place on August 26, 2011.

Sermons and Articles
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