About us ... In 1993, Cantor Benjamin Z. Maissner founded Lachan (meaning 'melody' in Hebrew) with a group of enthusiastic Toronto-based musicians who shared his love of music. Lachan is known for its musical virtuosity and a comprehensive repertoire that spans hundreds of years and a variety of styles. The choir is dedicated to performing music that emerges from Jewish culture and aims to both educate and entertain its audiences.
Lachan has earned an impressive international reputation and is frequently sought as a guest choir on stage and television. The choir was featured in Music of the Soul, a documentary on the history of music in liturgy and has appeared with the National Academy Orchestra, conducted by Boris Brott. It has also been a featured choir in Cantorial concerts and choral festivals in North America. In November 2000, the choir was the only Canadian representative at 'Sounds of Healing' in Nuremberg, Germany - an international choral gathering that was one of the highlights of the 950th anniversary of the city of Nuremberg. The event produced two commemorative recordings, broadcast in Europe and internationally, and was filmed for a future documentary. In 2002, Lachan was selected as a National Semi-Finalist in the CBC Choral Competition.
In 2006, the choir participated in the 4th annual World Choir Games in Xiamen, China. This prestigious event included over 400 choirs and 20,000 singers from more than 70 countries, each participating with the purpose of bridging cultural differences through music. In November, 2008, Lachan was invited to perform at the 70th anniversary commemoration of Krystallnacht in Hanover, Germany. The choir released its first CD (2001), 'Lachan Live in Concert' which includes a wide range of choral music and pays tribute to great Canadian composers including Srul Irving Glick, Ben Steinberg and Sid Robinovitch. Since then, Lachan has produced eight more CD's including music from liturgy to Broadway.