Daily Joy: Bloch’s “Prayer” (From Jewish Life)

To all those who lit their final Chanukah candle last week, Chag Sameach!

Bloch’s piece “From Jewish Life” aims to encapsulate the Jewish spirit and soul. Today’s Daily Joy features a moving performance of the “Prayer” movement by cellist Brandon Leonard.

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Brandon Leonard (cello), 15, from Stone Mountain, Georgia, is a sophomore at Chamblee Charter High School. He studies music with Karen Freer at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Talent Development Program and is a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Brandon won second place in the junior division of the 23rd Annual Sphinx Competition and is principal cellist for the 2020 Georgia Music Educator’s Association (GMEA) All State Orchestra. Outside of music, Brandon enjoys skating, playing board games, and hanging out with his friends.