Cantor Daniel Mendelson
Daniel Mendelson, tenor, is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he received a BFA in Film/Video Directing. Opera and cantorial music were introduced to Daniel since birth and have remained a vibrant force in his life. He currently serves as Cantor of Congregation B'nai Sholom-Beth David in Rockville Centre, New York. Even as a filmmaker, the vocal arts haven't escaped Mr. Mendelson's work. In his short film, "Rehearsing," Daniel starred as a neurotic opera singer trying to make his way. "Rehearsing" was nominated for Best Film and Best Director at the annual Dusty Awards. It has since screened at Makor and the Max Ophuls Preis Film Festival in Saarbrucken, Germany. Daniel's singing repertoire runs the gamut, from opera to broadway, to good old fashioned rock n' roll. As a performing artist, Mr. Mendelson has sung all over the United States and in Europe.
For the past two summers, Daniel has performed the national anthem at Citi Field and he recently made his anthem debut at Madison Square Garden. His discography includes "Birthday of the World Part I" with Leonard Nimoy narrating, "Hazzonos" with Frank London, hailed as "... jazz album of the year" by Wired Magazine, as well as "Further Definitions of the Days of Awe" with The Afro- Semitic Experience. Mr. Mendelson's singing voice can be heard regularly on The Howard Stern Show, where he is a contributor. Daniel performed live for Howard at a recent on-air birthday bash, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. He shared the stage with Bon Jovi, Steven Tyler, and Robert Downey Jr. Film critic Richard Roeper (one of many media figures in attendance) hailed Daniel as "A true artist!" Daniel lives in Westchester with his wife, Cantor Amanda Kleinman and their one year old son, Jed.