The Bay Area Cantorial Association (BACA) presents AHAVAH RABAH: SONGS OF LOVE, hosted by Congregation B’nai Israel and Cantor Jonathan Schultz, 300 -58th Street, N., St. Petersburg, 727-381-4900, with cantors and cantorial soloists currently serving the Tampa Bay and Bradenton/Sarasota Regions. The concert is Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 7:00 PM. Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $18 each; no one will be turned away. Proceeds benefit scholarships for cantorial students and cantorial societies of both Reform and Conservative Sacred Music Study. Call Congregation B’nai Israel at 727-381-4900. An annual undertaking now in its 11th year, the concert features Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, American, Chasidic, Sephardic, and Ashkenazic pieces celebrating Jewish life. Solos and ensemble pieces cover a global range of Jewish writers, eras, styles, and cultures. This year’s concert presents an eclectic collection of traditional, modern, and original settings of prayer-song in cantorial, folk, and pop arrangements from Jewish writers worldwide. Additionally, this gathering of 14 participants features spirited songs from Jewish composers of America, Israel and around the world, in languages of English, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladio, in genres as diverse as liturgical, folk, Israeli, cantorial, Broadway, and Tin Pan Alley. BACA holds its annual concert on or near Shabbat Shira (Sabbath of Song), when it has become customary around the world to hold special music-and song-related services and events. To date, BACA has raised and donated $33,000 for cantorial scholarships to the H. L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of Judaism (conservative), http://www.jtsa.edu/, and the School of Sacred Music of Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion (reform), http://huc.edu/) both in New York. BACA membership includes active cantors and cantorial soloists from the Tampa Bay/Sarasota region. This year’s participants are Deborrah Cannizzaro (Congregation Schaarai Zedek, http://www.zedek.org/), Deborah Jacobson (Temple Ahavat Shalom, Palm Harbor, http://AhavatShalom.org, http://deborahjacobson.com), Joy Katzen-Guthrie (Cong. Beth Am, Tampa, www.bethamtampa.org/, http://joyfulnoise.net), Andres Kornworcel (Cong. Rodeph Sholom, Tampa, http://rsholom.org/), Judith Ovadia (Clearwater, http://www.jewishconcert.org/performers/), Colman Reaboi (Cong. B’nai Emmunah, Tarpon Springs, http://bnaiemmunah.org), Joel Reznick (Former Hazzan, Northwest Suburban Jewish Cong. of Morton Grove, IL, Sarasota Jewish Chorale, http://sarasotajewishchorale.org/), Danielle Rodnizki (Temple B’nai Israel, Clearawter, http://tbiclearwater.org/), Beth Schlossberg (Cong. Kol Ami, Tampa, http://kolami.org/), Jonathan Schultz (Cong. B’nai Israel, St. Petersburg, http://cbistpete.org/), Jodi Sered-Lever (Congregation Mekor Shalom, Tampa, http://www.mekorshalom.org/), Jeffrey Weber (Temple Beth Sholom, Sarasota, http://templebethsholomfl.org/), Marci Vitkus (Jewish Cong. of Venice, http://jewishcongregationofvenice.org/), with pianist Tara Richards Swartzbaugh (Adjunct Professor, Music Dept., Musical Director, Speech, Theater, and Dance Dept., University of Tampa).