Steve Cohen, a composer of classical and theater music, and pianist in New York, has launched his new website. It’s available at: https://stevecohenmusic.net/
Steve has many successful CDs of his music out, and is known for his contributions to saxophone and jazz music along with new compositions of Jewish music. Check out the new recordings and events on his site.
Kaplan Commissioning Project
Saint Mary’s University Concert Band
The ninth Helen and Sam Kaplan Foundation Commission for a new Concert Band composition written by a composer of Jewish heritage is outlined below. Any questions prior to application submission should be directed to Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, Director of Bands, at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. email@example.com
Amount of Commission:
• $7,000.00 plus travel/expense allowance for a campus residency at the premier of the composition.
Description of the Composition:
• The work will be scored for standard full Concert Band instrumentation, appropriate difficulty level for advanced high school bands and small college ensembles.
• Length of composition: approximately 5-8 minutes in length.
• The composition must be based on Jewish melodic or thematic material, either folk or religious sources.… CONTINUE READING >
JTS will host a performance of excerpts and discussion of two important new operas: As One (music by Laura Kaminsky, libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed), following a transgender woman’s journey to self-acceptance. The other is Steal a Pencil for Me (music by H. L. Miller Cantorial School Assistant Professor Gerald Cohen, libretto by Deborah Brevoort), the story of a real-life couple who fell in love while imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps. Following the performance, the two composers, Laura Kaminsky and Gerald Cohen, will discuss their operas’ creation. Cantor Nancy Abramson, director of H. L. Miller Cantorial School, will moderate the discussion.
You may be interested in attending a performance of a new one-act opera, Triangle Fire, with music by Leonard Lehrman and a libretto by Ellen Frankel. It’s being performed Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 8:00 pm – $10 suggested donation; no one turned away
at 8 PM
at New York University, Room 220, 32 Waverly Place (at the corner of University Place).
The opera, a Puffin Foundation commission, commemorates the fire that broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on March 25, 1911, killing 146 garment workers, most of them young Jewish and Italian women, recently arrived from Europe. It was one of the worst industrial accidents in American history.
The Azrieli Music Project (AMP), a Canadian philanthropic organization, announced that composer Wlad Marhulets is the winner of the inaugural Azrieli Prize in Jewish Music for his Klezmer Clarinet Concerto. Marhulets, who submitted a completed orchestral work on a Jewish theme or subject – along with applicants from around the world – has been granted the second of two $50,000 prizes, which were offered for the first time by the Azrieli Foundation. In September 2015, the Azrieli Music Project announced that Brian Current was the winner of the inaugural Azrieli Commissioning Competition for Canadian composers. Marhulets’s 2009 concerto and Current’s newly created work, The Seven Heavenly Halls, will both be performed at the Azrieli Music Project Inaugural Concert by Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Maestro Kent Nagano on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Maison symphonique de Montréal.… CONTINUE READING >
Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale presents
On Sunday, May 31, at 7:00 pm, Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale will present
its annual concert at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York.
The eclectic program features works by Eric Whitacre, Yehezkel Braun, Gil
Aldema and Salomone Rossi, in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, French and Lugandan.
Tickets are $24 (preferred seating), $21 (general admission) and $17
For further information, contact Merkin Concert Hall (212-501-3330) and on
the web at www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/MCH.
This past January, during the winter while everyone was freezing and digging out of the snow in Boston, a beautiful concert of the music of Max Stern, who lives in Beersheva, Israel, was performed at the Hillel House at Boston University. Now here is Spring. Listen and watch to these recordings of that concert and Max Stern’s beautiful music. Enjoy!
Music in Our Time: 2015
Concert May 31 2015 3pm
Music from Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind; Yulzari‘s Le Grand Méchant, l’Oud and Il était une Fois; Kaminsky‘s Duo for Cello and Piano; Cohen‘s Steal a Pencil for Me; Fine‘s A Short Alleluia; and Ladino songs by Neumann. Performed by Charles Neidich, Rémy Yulzari, Ilana Davidson, Laura Leon, Donna Breitzer, Nadav Lev, and artists from Mannes College The New School of Music.
Ticket Info: $18 general; $12 American Society for Jewish Music/American Jewish Historical Society/Center for Jewish History members; $9 students, seniors
presented by American Jewish Historical Society and American Society for Jewish Music
Presented by the Metropolitan Chorale,
Lisa Graham, Music Director
in collaboration with the Zamir Chorale of Boston
Joshua Jacobson, Artistic Director
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 8:00 pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall,
30 Gainsborough St., Boston
$25 Students, seniors, and WGBH & Coolidge Corner Theatre members
$20 Groups of 10 or more firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to be sure you know about the March 15 2015 deadline for submissions of music to Shalshelet’s 6th International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music which wlll take place in Philadelphia on December 13-15, 2015. Shalshelet Festival is interested in music of any style, composed by people of any age and background, that is a new setting of traditional/liturgical Jewish text.
There is more information at www.Shalshelet.org/submission .
For questions about the submissions process or the Festival, contact: Shalshelet@newjewishmusic.com.
Please share this with anyone who might be interested.
Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music www.Shalshelet.org
Zion’s Muse: Three Generations of Israeli Composers
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, December 14th, 2014, 7:30 PM
Gershon Gerchikov, violin
Alexandra Kazovsky, violin
Jan Grüning, viola
Amit Even-Tov, cello
Individual tickets ($44 each) are available at The Kennedy Center’s website or by calling (800) 444-1324. Alternatively, you can save $20 by subscribing to both this concert and the May 7, 2015 performance. To subscribe, call the Kennedy Center Subscription Office at (202) 416-8500, Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
On Mon. Dec. 1 at 7pm The Bryant Library in Roslyn will present the
seventh and final concert in the series, “Jewish Opera Lives!”
featuring soprano Helene Williams and composer/conductor/pianist
Leonard Lehrman. This series, which began in Boca Raton last March
and has featured concerts in Teaneck, Morristown, Freeport, East
Hills, and Jericho, has been a lead-up to the US premiere of HANNAH, an anti-war feminist Chanukah opera with music by Leonard
Lehrman on a libretto by the composer and Orel Odinov Protopopescu.
The performances will take place Tues. Dec. 9, 8pm at Community
Presbyterian Church, 12 Nottingham Rd., Malverne, NY and Tues. Dec. 23
7pm at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 1 W. 4th St.
This will be its New York City premiere, semi-staged, with soloists, chorus, piano, organ, violin, tambourine and 261 slide projections.… CONTINUE READING >
JTS Presents: The Israeli Chamber Project with Samuel Rhodes, an Evening of Chamber Music from The Juilliard School featuring Tibi Cziger (clarinet), Michal Korman (cello), Assaff Weisman (piano), Carmit Zori (violin), with special guest artist Samuel Rhodes (viola) will take place on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), located at 3080 Broadway (corner 122nd Street) in New York City. The Israeli Chamber Project (ICP) will perform a wide-ranging program of favorite classics and recent works influenced by Jewish culture, including music of Mozart, Schulhoff, Brahms, and the New York premiere of music by Israeli composer Jonathan Keren.
Admission to the concert is by ticket only. Tickets are $10 each; students with a valid school ID—as well as JTS alumni, faculty, students, and staff—may request up to two free tickets each.… CONTINUE READING >
Meira Warshauer’s Bati l’Gani (I have come into my garden) in a video created by Mike Bregman with beautiful images from Jim Schantz and Pucker Gallery, and crystalline, heartfelt fluting of Paula Robison with percussionist Cyro Baptista
Down Home: The Cantata was performed on May 12, 2013 at Beth Meyer Synagogue in Raleigh, NC by the Triangle Jewish Chorale, conducted by Lorena Guillen. Stories Part 1 is part 2 of 7. The cantata is a musical depiction of Jewish life in North Carolina since the early 20th century, with recorded oral histories playing over music for chorus and orchestra. It was performed this spring in Durham, Raleigh and Greensboro. For more information about the Down Home Project please visit jhfnc.org. Music and libretto by Alejandro Rutty. Video of the production is available online at: http://vimeo.com/69053598
Aug. 21-22, 2013, 8:00 PM
World Premiere of Yuval Ron’s original score
for the Off-Broadway immersive theater production in NYC:
A mixed-media, immersive theater piece by award-winning performance artist and playwright Dahn Hiuni
Original music composed by Yuval Ron
Location: Mixed Greens, 531 West 26th Street, First Floor, New York, NY 10001.
Tickets: Click here. For more info: Click here.
An artist with creative block meets the ghost of his grandfather, a rabbi killed in the Holocaust.
A vimeo preview of the chamber rock opera “A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff” created and performed by Alica Jo Rabins. It was performed this May in Washington at the JCC. Look for the next performance venue! http://vimeo.com/album/2384842
STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME–
OPERA BASED ON LIVES
OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS JAAP & INA POLAK
Semi-Staged Concert Performances in New York on April 28 & 30
of a new opera in two acts by Gerald Cohen and Deborah Brevoort
These semi-staged concert performances will take place on:
Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m. at Shaarei Tikvah Congregation, Scarsdale, NY; and
Tuesday, April 30, 7 p.m. at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY
Details can be found on Gerald Cohen ‘s website www.geraldcohenmusic.com
Shaarei Tikvah Congregation is located at 46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale NY. Individual tickets are $30 at the door; $25 in advance; $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Please contact (914) 472-2013 or email@example.com.
Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is located at 3080 Broadway (at 122nd st.), New York, NY.… CONTINUE READING >
Regina Resnik presents Colors of the Diaspora. It’s a DVD collection with 3 distinct programs included, conceived and written by Michael Philip Davis. Ms. Resnik introduces and narrates the three concerts. Each is a distinct classical music art program, with the common thread of Jewish art music or music on Jewish themes.
The DVD will make the perfect Hannukah present for someone who loves both classical music and Jewish music. The DVD can be obtained through Amazon.com VAI DVD 4540, but also can be ordered directly through Video Artists International, 109 Wheeler Ave., Pleasantville, NY 10570. Toll free number is 800-477-7146.
The DVD includes some surprising repertoire and will introduce even aficionados of Jewish music to new selections.The narration is well written and informative. The selections are thoughtful, artistic, and knowledgeable about the breadth of Jewish music.… CONTINUE READING >
From a Vanished World, a program of the In the Salon series.
The superb Cassatt Quartet will be playing Gerald Cohen‘s “Playing for ourLives,” a tribute to the extraordinary story of the musicians and music of the Terezin concentration camp near Prague. The concert, at Symphony Space in Manhattan, will also include music by Viktor Ullmann and Dmitri Shostakovich.
Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $30; Members $25 / 30 & Under (with I.D.) $15
Symphony Space | 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990
This program of In the Salon features Terezin concentration camp composer Viktor Ullmann’s Quartet No. 3, and Shostakovich’s towering Quartet No. 8, dedicated to the victims of fascism and war, as well as a new work by Gerald Cohen, “Playing for Our Lives,” a contemporary tribute to the musical life of the camp.… CONTINUE READING >
Job Opening: Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music
The UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music are pleased to invite applications from distinguished figures in composition, performance, ethnomusicology, musicology, or other scholarly disciplines for a tenured, professorial position as inaugural holder of the Mickey Katz Chair in Jewish Music. The Chair supports the study and practice of Jewish music broadly defined in terms of geographical area, historical period, and genre or style. Candidates are welcome to apply from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including interdisciplinary ones. The eventual occupant of the Chair will hold an appointment in at least one department of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music (Ethnomusicology, Music, Musicology), with the possibility of cross-appointments in other departments, as appropriate.… CONTINUE READING >
The Hugo Weisgall Centennial Concert
Opera Star, Soprano Lauren Flanigan, and New York Philharmonic cellist, Eric Barltett.
Sunday, November 18 at 3 PM
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street, NYC
‘The Golden Peacock”
An homage to the Yiddish speakers lost in the Holocaust
“The Stronger” (1952)
A one-act opera for soprano based on a play by Strindberg.
“Will You Marry Me?” (1989)
A one-act opera for soprano and baritone, written as a companion piece to “The Stonger,” with a libretto by Chalres Kondek, the libretist of Weisgall’s opera “Esther”
“Arioso and Burlesca” (1984)
An exciting work for cello and piano, played by Eric Bartlett, who commissioned the work from Weisgalll for his NYC recital debut.
Sunday, December 2, 4:00-6:00 pm, Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill, MA. Zamir’s Seventh Annual Open Sing. Again this year, the Open Sing will be held in conjunction with LimmudBoston, an annual celebration of Jewish learning. Singers from throughout the Greater Boston area are invited to join Zamir in singing excerpts from Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus and choral songs from Israel.
Tickets are available at the door only: $10; $8 for students, seniors, or GBCC members. Free admission for LimmudBoston registrants, choral conductors, or conducting students. Funding provided by Phyllis Hammer. Join us as a singer or listener!
November 11 — Cincinnati, Ohio
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati
The Amernet String Quartet will perform “Music of the Jewish Diaspora” including four of Joseph Achron’s string quartets: “Scher”, “Mi Chomocho”, “Lullaby”, and “Stimmung”. These works were never published until recently — the Amernet will use advance copies of the Achron Society’s forthcoming edition of Achron’s music. The program will also include works of Shostakovich, Zhitomirski, Weinberg, Grunfeld and Haas.
Members of the String Quartet include: Misha Viteson, violin; Marcia Littley, violin; Michael Klotz, viola and Jason Calloway, cello.
http://roulette.org/events/judith-berkson/ . The Vienna Rite is a new chamber opera by Judith Berkson that will be premiering for two nights in November at the Roulette. There are only two performances, November 2nd and 3rd 2012. “The Vienna Rite” is the story of a new service composed in 1828 by Viennese Cantor Salomon Sulzer in collaboration with Franz Schubert and other Viennese composers which sought to merge European music with synagogue chant.
It is being performed by the new music ensemble Yarn/Wire along with guests Brian Chase and Chi-Chi Glass and features the amazing baritone Ian Greenlaw as Salomon Sulzer along with singers Lana Cencic, Allyssa Lamb, Bo Chang, Judith Berkson, Aram Tchobanian and Gavriel Savit. It is set in the historic Stadttempel with costumes and set design by Audrey Robinson.… CONTINUE READING >
World Premiere of Meira Warshauer’s Ocean Calling I for Piano Duo
on October 7 Ocean Calling I: Waves and Currents will be given its World Premiere performance on Sunday, October 7 – 3:00 PM at the University of South Carolina Recital Hall as part of the Cornelia Freeman Concert Series.
Performers will be the Lomazov/Rackers Duo
(Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers). Other composers on the program will include Verdi, Mozart, Kevin McKee, John Fitz Rogers and Tayloe Harding. Visit the duo at http://www.lomazovrackers.com/.
The School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College is pleased to present a Master Class led by Menachem Wiesenberg, one of Israel’s most acclaimed musicians. Composer, musician, pianist, and music educator, Mr. Wiesenberg will be on campus Wednesday, October 3 from 1:30-2:45pm to lead a master class featuring his vocal compositions as performed by students of the School of Jewish Music. This event is free and open to the public.
The Congress for Jewish Culture and the New Yiddish Rep present
“An Evening of Yiddish Song–
The Sidor Belarsky Songbook”
Date: Sunday, April 1
Location: Temple Beth Emeth, 83 Marlborough Rd., Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. (B
or Q train to Church Ave.)
Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell, an African-American classical singer of
opera and lieder, has embarked on a project of personal anecdote,
engagement and expression through Yiddish art song with his performance of
selections from *The Sidor Belarsky Songbook*.
“Being an operatic bass (as Sidor Belarsky was) an African-American by
birth and a Jew by choice, the recital repertoire of Sidor Belarsky
provides a unique potential for me as an artist to actively embody the
aspirations, desires and struggles of one diaspora culture enriched with
the colors and experiences of another.”
Judith Shatin’s Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi
will be performed
by pianist Mary Kathleen Ernst
on 4/29/12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Roberts Music Center
4200 54th Ave S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711
on the Eckerd College Recital Series
on 5/06/12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
in conjunction with the Judy Chicago Exhibition in Sacramento, CA.
Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi was inspired by the folk song
Eliahu HaNavi (Elijah the Prophet), often sung during the closing
service of the Jewish Sabbath. The letters of Chai, which means
life or living in Hebrew, symbolically stand for the number 18;
hence, 18 variations. I decided to give the performer a choice
regarding the ordering of the variations as a reflection of my
sense of performance as a collaboration between performer and
composer (and, for that matter, listener).… CONTINUE READING >
Ashbourne Music Publishing is a liturgical and secular publishing house specializing in Jewish music –“contemporary music anchored in Jewish tradition” –as their slogan indicates. The publishing house features the music of several outstanding composers including Charles Davidson, Temple Painter and Max Wohlberg. The website offers access to information about the composers, and the music via CDs, DVDs, scores and books and articles. Featured are music for chorus, wedding music, solo voice and musical dramas. Also published are several important volumes of cantorial music, which have been endorsed by some of the most famous cantorial authorities in America.
Living Breathing Earth, a new CD of orchestral music by Meira Warshauer has been released on the Navona Records label (NV5842). Featured works are her Symphony No.1: Living Breathing Earth and Tekeeyah (a call), concerto for shofar, trombone and orchestra with soloist Haim Avitsur. Performances are by the Moravian Philharmonic, Petr Vronsky, conductor.
In addition to a printed booklet with program notes, the CD contains an enhanced section with study scores, a digital booklet, Aileen LeBlanc’s profile of the symphony for PRI’s Living on Earth, and many other special features.
Centro Primo Levi and the Museum of Jewish Heritage host Divinamente NYC Festival on the 150th Anniversary of the unification of Italy.
Sunday, May 22 at 2:30 pm
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Edmond J. Safra Plaza
36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280
Admission: $15 and $10 for MJH, CPL, ICI members
Box Office: (646) 437- 4202 – www.mjhnyc.org
Welcome remarks by the Consul General of Italy Francesco M. Talò and the Representative for International Affairs of the Jewish Community of Rome Giacomo Moscati.
Introduction by Francesco Spagnolo, Francesco Spagnolo, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
For the first time in the US, the Choir of the “Tempio Maggiore” conducted by the renowned tenor Claudio Disegni and featuring the hazan of Rome, Alberto Funaro, and organist Federico del Sordo, will expose the New York public to the unique flavors and variations of the liturgical tradition of the Jews of Rome.… CONTINUE READING >
The premiere of Gerald Cohen’s new one-act opera, SEED, written with the superb librettist David Simpatico, will be on Thursday June 2, at 7 p.m. at Symphony Space in NYC. It will be presented along with three other one-act operas by Cohen’s colleagues in American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program, where he has been a resident artist for the past year.
New York, NY 10025
Tickets: $15 Advance / $20 Day of Performance
SEED will be sung by three outstanding performers: mezzo Sarah Heltzel, tenor Glenn Seven Allen, and baritone Christopher Burchett.
Songs of Life is pleased to announce the addition of the Boston Modern Orchestra
Project to the featured performance of the World Premiere oratorio, A Melancholy
A Melancholy Beauty is a major choral-orchestral oratorio that brings 300 superb
choristers and instrumentalists to the stage in an unparalleled music celebration
which combines classical choral-orchestral music with traditional rhythms and folk
styles that are rarely encountered today. This song of life will unravel the true
story of the Rescue of all Bulgaria’s Jews during WWII. This coming together of
musicians, from the US, Israel, and Bulgaria, the very countries that were impacted
by these crucial events, will redefine freedom and harmony through the power of
music.… CONTINUE READING >
Concert “eSACHERe” is held under the auspices of the Embassy of Switzerland and as part of the 9th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days.
(12 composers of Swiss patron Paul Sacher)
CONRAD BECK (1901-1989): Drei Epigramme
LUCIANO BERIO (1925-2003): Les mots sont alles …
PIERRE BOULEZ (1925): Messagesquisse*
BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976): Tema ‘Sacher’
HENRI DUTILLEUX (1916): 3 Strophes sur le nom de Sacher
WOLFGANG FORTNER (1907-1987): Thema und Variationen
ALBERTO GINASTERA (1916-1983): Punena No. 2
CRISTOBAL HALFFTER (1930): Variation uber das Thema eSACHERe
HANS WERNER HENZE (1926): Cappriccio
HEINZ HOLLIGER (1939): Chaconne
KLAUS HUBER (1924): Transpositio ad infinitum
WITOLD LUTOSLAWSKI (1913-1994): Sacher-Variation
On Thursday, April 28 at 8 PM, the Musicians of
Lenox Hill, under the artistic direction of Soo-
Kyung Park, will perform
an Evening of Romantic Chamber Music
at Temple Israel of the City of New
112 East 75th Street, New York City
The program includes the New York City premiere of the Piano Trio in F Major by Marcel Tyberg, whose
works were thought lost in the Holocaust. The
program also features Alexander Borodin s String
Quartet No.2 in D Major, Frederic Chopin s Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante
Op. 22 for Solo Piano, and Three Watercolors for
Flute, Cello and Piano by Philippe Gaubert.
Admission to the concert is free with a suggested
donation of $20.
TUESDAY 29 MARCH 2011 | 8PM
Location: Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, 129 W 67th St
Tickets: $25; $15 for seniors
To order, call Naomi at 212-294-6140
Israeli-American violinist Yuval Waldman will be giving a solo recital of “Music Forgotten and Remembered” at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall on Tuesday March 29, 2011, at 8 PM. The program presents rarely performed gems composed by Eastern European Jews, many of whom perished during World War II or were silenced by Soviet repression.
Born in the Ukraine to Holocaust survivors and the Artistic Director of Music Bridges International, Waldman was able to rediscover these pieces by searching music libraries and obscure music collections in Russia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and Israel. They represent a wide spectrum of stylistic influences on Jewish composers: impressionistic, neoclassical, folk, and klezmer.… CONTINUE READING >
Friday, Mar 11th 5:15 PM and Saturday, Mar 12 10:30 AM
Temple Sanctuary (Fifth Avenue at 65th Street)
All are invited to celebrate the music of Jack Gottlieb in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday. Several of Mr. Gottlieb’s compositions were commissioned for Emanu-El and have been part of the Temple’s musical repertoire. At the Friday evening service, Cantor Lori Corrsin will be joined on the bimah by the Temple Emanu-El Choir, conducted by K. Scott Warren and accompanied by guest organist Andrew Henderson.
JACK GOTTLIEB (1930 – 2011) was born and raised in New Rochelle, N.Y. He received his bachelor’s from Queens College, his master’s in fine arts from Brandeis University and a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Illinois, where his teachers of composition were Karol Rathaus, Irving Fine, Robert Palmer and Burrill Phillip.… CONTINUE READING >
Acclaimed bass-baritone Mark Glanville and Pianist Alexander Knapp will
give two unusual programs at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space in
February featuring the Yiddish song repertoire. Tickets $25; Members,
Students, Seniors $20; Day of Show $30
On Monday, February 14th at 7:30 PM the duo will perform the United States
premiere of ‘Di Sheyne Milnerin’ (‘Die Schöne Müllerin’) is a specially
devised cycle of songs from the Yiddish repertoire, only the second time a
collection of Yiddish song has been forged into a cycle with a coherent
Performance of Grneta Variations for clarinet duo and piano
Sunday, January 23, 6:00 p.m., New York, NY
Performance of Grneta Variations for clarinet duo and piano, as part of the concert Classicals & Supper with the Grneta Ensemble. With pianist Alexandra Joan and clarinetists Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski. Drom, 85 Avenue A (b/w 5th & 6th) New York, NY – (212) 777-1157
for more information: http://www.dromnyc.com/events/635/classicals–supper-wgrneta-ensemble
CONCERT WILL HONOR BLOCH 50 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH.
CONDUCTOR AND SOLOIST ARE LEADING YOUNG ARTISTS.
On Wednesday evening, August 4th, Usdan Center students will present a
historic performance of one of Ernest Bloch’s greatest works, his Sacred
Service (Avodath Hakodesh) for orchestra, chorus, and baritone soloist. Sacred Service has rarely been presented by young people, and its
performance on August 4th will be an artistic point of pride for Usdan, and
for its partner organization, UJA-Federation of New York.
Usdan’s senior orchestra and chorus will close the Center’s August 4th Gala
Concert with two parts of Sacred Service. The ensembles, composed of high
school-aged music students, will be conducted by Adam Glaser, a Usdan Center
alumnus, and the conductor of Juilliard’s top Pre-College orchestra.… CONTINUE READING >
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin will give the premiere performance of the Clarinet Klezmer Concerto, by Wlad Marhulets. The featured clarinet soloist is David Krakauer, one of the foremost musicians of the vital new wave of klezmer. The concerts will take place at the Orchestra Hall in Detroit on December 10th – 13th, 2009. http://www.detroitsymphony.com/ShowDetail.aspx?id=2492
Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Box Office Phone: (313) 576-5111
Box Office Fax: (313) 576-5109
The string quartet Dybbuk by Wlad Marhulet was written for the New York based “J.A.C.K.” quartet. The piece is inspired by Jewish folklore, in which a Dybbuk is a malicious possessing spirit, believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person. The piece depicts two aspects of Dybbuk – its wild and aggressive nature, as well as its memories from the past life full of suffering and tears.
The premiere is going to take place November 30th at 8:00pm.
in Paul Hall, Julliard School, NYC
60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Broadway (at 65th St)
Upper West Side
Subway: 1 to 66th St–Lincoln Ctr
World Premiere Performances of Meira Warshauer’s Concerto for
Shofar/Trombone and Orchestra on November 15 in Brevard, NC and November
17 in Columbia, SC
Composer Meira Warshauer’s Tekeeyah (a call) – Concerto for
Shofar/Trombone and Orchestra, will be given Premiere performances with
the Brevard Philharmonic on November 15 –
3 PM at
Porter Center for the Performing Arts of Brevard College,
1 Brevard College Dr. in Brevard, North Carolina
with the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra
on November 17 –
7:30 PM at
the Koger Center for the Arts
1051 Greene St. in
Columbia, South Carolina.
Shofar/trombone virtuoso Haim Avitsur will be soloist at both performances.
Works by Joel Mandelbaum will be performed
at 2 PM on Sunday, November 15th
at the Assembly Hall of the Community Church of New York, which shares
its facilities with the Metropolitan Synagogue, 40 East 35th Street, NYC
The performance will be repeated the following day
Monday, November 16 at 12:15
at Lefrak Concert Hall at Queens College.
With a range of settings written from 1958 to 2009, the concert is truly a
major retrospective and will feature, among others, Emily Duncan-Brown and Roz Woll
Over a more than 50-year period of devotion to the art song in fourteen
cycles, Mandelbaum has set poems by Millay, Leonie Adams, Karen Ethelsdattar,
Bettina Blake, and Benjamin J.R. Stolper, among others.
On Sunday, November 22nd at 3 p.m. celebrated Russian cellist Yosif Feigelson
will perform at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue (30 West 68th Street, NYC).
The concert will feature four Cello Sonatas of composer Mieczyslaw (Moishe) Weinberg (1919-1996). Tickets and more information are available at the website: www.swfs.org or by phone at: (212) 877-4050.
Called “one of the most prolific, yet largely overlooked composers”,
Mieczyslaw (Moishe) Weinberg is author to 26 symphonies, 17 string quartets, operas,
concerti as well as music to many movies including famous “The Cranes Are Flying”.
For more facts about composer visit www.mweinberg.info
City Opera’s season gets under way this weekend — with a reconstituted production of Hugo Weisgall’s “Esther,” given its premiere by the company in 1993. Esther runs at the Koch Theater Nov. 7-19. Ticket, priced $12-$145, may be purchased at New York City Opera. Read about it at: http://www.playbillarts.com/features/article/8206.html
The internationally renowned cellist Ralph Kirshbaum honors the memory of his late teacher Lev Aronson (1912-1988), a Holocaust survivor who played for many years with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, with a rare New York recital. Mr. Kirshbaum will perform compositions by Aronson as well as works by some of the artists who influenced him.
The program will also feature a reading by author Frances Brent from her critically acclaimed new book, The Lost Cellos of Lev Aronson (Atlas & Co.).
Admission: $25 General / $18 YIVO members
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Charles and Robyn Krauthammer proudly present:
An Evening of Baroque Jewish music at the Kennedy Center
An evening of Baroque Jewish music:
The Apollo Ensemble presented by Pro Musica Hebraica
Making its U.S. debut, Amsterdam’s Apollo Ensemble performs a concert of Baroque Jewish musical treasures, one night only, at the Kennedy Center. A highlight is the American premiere of Dio, Clemenza e Rigore, an anonymously composed oratorio for an eighteenth-century Italian Jewish holiday synagogue service. Don’t miss this rarely performed work. This concert is presented by Pro Musica Hebraica, devoted to presenting Jewish classical music, much of it believed lost, forgotten, or rarely performed, in a concert hall setting.
Thu., Nov. 5 at 7:30 | Kennedy Center Terrace Theater | Seats $38
CACERES – Le-el elim, Cantata for two voices and basso continuo (1738)
MARCELLO – Salmo 15/Ma’oz Tzur (1724-1727)
For alto, violincello, bassoon, harpsichord, and baritone
De ROSSI – Trio sonatas for two violins and basso continuo (ca.… CONTINUE READING >
SOLO PIANO CONCERT BY LILIA VALITOVA, COMPOSER AND PIANIST
Lilia Valitova, will perform the music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Debussy;
piano compositions based on Jewish folk and liturgical melodies; and newly composed
original Baha i-inspired piano songs. The event will take place on Saturday,
November 21, at 7 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley (in
Kensington) , One Lawson Road, Kensington CA 94707. Adult general admission, $18;
children 13 and under, free. CDs will be available for purchase. For more information, please visit www.LiliaValitova.com
The music world involved in the revival of Jewish national music or recovery of early twentieth century art music of the first order will be dazzled by the new critical edition of Leo Zeitlin’s Chamber Music published by AR Editions, and edited by musicologist and professors Paula Eisenstein Baker and Robert S. Nelson. Texts are presented in original Yiddish, Hebrew, transliterations and English translation.
But who was Leo Zeitlin? It’s not a name in currency today, but is likely to be more familiar now that musicians will have a chance to perform this music, and it is highly recommended that college and university libraries purchase the volume. All but two of the selections are class art pieces based on Jewish themes.
Zeitlin, also known as Leyb or Lev Tseytlin or in Russian as Lev Mordukhovich Tseitlin, was born in Pinsk (now part of Belarus) in 1884.… CONTINUE READING >
Sunday, June 7th at the Center for Jewish History
Celebrating the Siegmeister Centenary
“Music in Our Time,” the annual concert of Jewish music by contemporary composers, presented by the American Society for Jewish Music in association with the American Jewish Historical Society, will be given on Sunday, June 7th at 3 PM at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street, NYC).
For tickets $18 ($12 members); $6 for Students and Seniors, call 212-868-4444 or www.smarttix.com or
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Mendelssohn is have a good year in 2009. Last month in New York, the Museum of Jewish Heritage held concerts of some “new” Mendelssohn works… newly rehearsed after some 100 years. This Saturday Feb 21, 2009, the Austin Civic Orchestra will perform “Fantasy and Variations for Two Pianos and Orchestra on the Gypsy March from Weber’s ‘Preziosa’ ” by Felix Mendelssohn. This will be the first time this piece has been heard since 1833. The manuscript piece, never published, and first performed by Ignaz Moscheles and Felix Mendelssohn was set aside and later owned by Anton Rubinstein. After he donated it, it was lost in the archive of the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia for over a hundred years. Southwestern University professor J. Michael Cooper and Jonathan Bellman of the University of Northern Colorado, have painstakingly reconstructed the work.… CONTINUE READING >
Feel the beat of today’s young Israel in PercaDu‘s performance of Avner Dorman‘s percussion concerto Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! Don’t miss Adi Morag, Tomer Yarivm, Zubin Mehta, and the Philharmonic on this night of exhilarating music-making. A Hear and Now Performance.
Free Synagogue of Flushing will present a special
performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah
on Friday, February 27, 8:15 PM.
The concert is FREE and open to the public.
It will feature celebrated cantor Steven Pearlston and the distinguished Free Synagogue choir. Robert Mobsby will
perform in the role of Elijah and Robert Barrows will play the synagogue s
magnificent historic pipe organ, which dates back to 1927. It is the only pipe
organ at a synagogue in Queens.
Free Synagogue is located at 41-60 Kissena Boulevard (between Sanford and
Main Street), Flushing. Free on-site parking available. Please call
718-961-0030 or visit www.freesynagogue.org for more information.
As part of their series on Recent Researches in the Music of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century, AR Editions has released an important critical edition of Jewish music, the Leo Zeitlin: Chamber Music. Paula Eisenstein Baker and Robert Nelson are the editors. This is the work of many years of research and labor to bring this performance and critical score to light. This music is important to American Jewish community because Leo Zeitlin (1884-1930) was one of the significant members of the St. Petersburg Society for Jewish Folk Music group of Jewish musicians establishing a Jewish national school, who came to America. The musicans of the St. Petersburg Society brought those musical ideas both to Israel and America; that organization being the ancestor of today’s American Society of Jewish Music.… CONTINUE READING >
Thursday, Feb 5, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in Manhattan
(30 West 68th street), pianist Peep Lassmann and cellist Yosif Feigelson will be offering an
all-Mendelssohn recital. The concert will celebrate Mendelssohn just two days after
his actual birthday, exactly 200 years ago!
Pro Musica Hebraica is devoted to presenting Jewish classical music — much of it lost, forgotten, or rarely performed — in a concert-hall setting. On November 18, 2008, the ARC Ensemble of Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music presents works by Mieczysław Weinberg, Szymon Laks, and Sergei Prokofiev all composed in the aftermath of world war.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The Terrace Theater
The Kennedy Center
7:30 PM http://promusicahebraica.org/index.html
A Test of Faith, a One-Act Opera
Friday, November 21st, 2008 – 8:00 PM
Free to the Public
Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA
“Test of Faith” is an award-winning one-act opera based on of the
Bible’s most dramatic stories, the story of the Akedah, the
near-sacrifice of Isaac. Renowned opera stars Jonathan Mack and Ron
Li-Paz will take the roles of God and Abraham; Jonathan Zur is Isaac. Lawrence Goldberg, the composer, will conduct.
Following the performance, Rabbi Edward Feinstein, Senior Rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom,
will engage the composer and the performers in a discussion of the opera
and the story of the Akedah, and its impact on world religions.
Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi, for solo piano, will be
performed by noted pianist Jose Lopez at the Bass Museum in
Miami on 8/17/08 at 3:00 p.m. The address is 2121 Park Ave.,
Miami Beach. For more information, visit www.bassmuseum.org.
A new version of Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi, for string
quartet, has been commissioned by the Cassatt Quartet. It will
be premiered by them on 10/2/08 at 8:00 p.m. at the Thalia
Theatre of Symphony Space (Broadway and 9th St), in New York
City. For more information visit www.cassattquartet.com.
And for more information on the composer, who frequently
composes on Jewish topics, visit www.judithshatin.com.
“ESTA in Concert“
Wednesday, May 21 7:30pm
Byham Theater, 101 6th St.
ESTA is a unique band from Israel with an innovative and original
sound. ESTA’s music combines the aromas of world music, the power of rock, and the spirit
of jazz into a powerful, energetic new force that crosses genres, styles and
borders. Proclaimed as “Israel’s most original instrumental band”, ESTA has
toured prestigious festivals and venues throughout Europe, Israel and the
U.S., including a special performance for President Clinton at a White House
reception in honor of Israel’s 50th Anniversary.… CONTINUE READING >
On Sunday, June 1 at 3 PM, at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th
Street, NYC), the American Society for Jewish Music, in association with the
American Jewish Historical Society and the Mannes College of Music of the New
School, presents “Music in Our Time 2008,” our annual concert of contemporary
As those of you who have attended the Society’s previous concerts of
contemporary music know, not only are these concerts an important part of the
Society’s mission, but they are filled with vital, committed performances of Jewish
music by wonderful artists.
The program for “Music in Our Time 2008” consists of works by Paul Richards, Arkadie Kougell, Ofer Ben-Amots, Lionel Semiatin and Paul Schonfield.
The opear, Korczak’s Orphans will be presented by the Opera Company of Brooklyn
Saturday, May 3, 7pm at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue.
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This Yom Hashoah, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue hosts the Opera Company of Brooklyn’s premiere of Korczak’s
Orphans. This opera, by composer Adam Silverman and librettist Susan Gubernat, is a
moving, impassioned story based on the life of Janusz Korczak (1878-1942). Directed
by SWFS member Judy Weinstein and member Will Conard performs. Tickets are $25 and can be
purchesed at the door, by calling 212-567-3283 or at http://www.operabrooklyn.com.
Free to Stephen Wise Free Synagogue (SWFS) Members.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue(30 West 68th Street, Manhattan; subway: 1 to 66th Street or B/C to 72nd Street).… CONTINUE READING >
On Monday, April 28 at 8 PM, the Musicians of Lenox
Hill, under the artistic direction of Soo-Kyung Park, will perform Chamber Music
of Jewish Composers at Temple Israel of the City of New York, 112 East 75th Street,
New York City. The concert will feature six extraordinary musicians presenting
familiar as well as new or rarely heard music by composers of Jewish faith or
heritage. The program includes Three Nocturnes for Violin, Cello and Piano by
Ernest Bloch, Duo for Flute and Piano by Aaron Copland, Gershwin s Preludes for
Piano, Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, No. 1, Op. 49 by Felix Mendelssohn, Window
for Viola and Piano by David Ludwig, Sonata for Cello and Harp, Op. 208 by Mario
Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Arrowhead for Flute, Viola and Harp by Eric Zeizl.… CONTINUE READING >
Judith Shatin‘s upcoming premiere of the orchestrated
version of Songs of War and Peace, will take place on
Sunday, May 4 at 3 p.m.
at St. Mary’s Cathedral
25 8th Ave. So,
St. Cloud, MN. Songs of War and Peace is a setting of four powerful
Israeli poems on the topic, in outstanding translations by American
and Israeli poets. The new version was commissioned by the
Minnesota Center Chorale. The premiere performance will be conducted by J. Michele Edwards.
Another performance of the composer’s work, the Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi
with pianist Jose Lopez, will take place
on May 4, at 3:00 p.m.
2121 Park Ave.
Miami Beach, FL.
Looking for choral music for your group? ECS Publishing npw has a division that publishes Jewish choral music. It is edited by Dr. Stanley Hoffman, a composer and Chief music editor. The catalog is growing. Currently it includes works by Robert Applebaum, Judith Zaimont, Stanley Hoffman, Bella Gottesman, Vladimir Heyfetz, Mark Zukerman (Sutzkever, Olshansky, Bugatch and more). http://www.ecspublishing.com/jewishMusic.html
Jim Loeffler announces the news that the Pro Musica Hebraica will launch their inaugural concert.
The new organization has website with details about the upcoming April concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC featuring the musicians of the Juilliard School with a guest appearance by Itzhak
Pro Musica Hebraica Inaugural Concert
The Musicians of The Juilliard School featuring Itzhak Perlman
The 24th. of January 2008, at 9, PM , there will be a premiere
performance of Alfono Rega,’s Symphony n°4 in 6 movements written
as a homage in memory of the Holocaust. This event will take place at the Conservatory of Milan contemporaneously with the inauguration of the Holocaust Museum situated in the railway station. of Milan, Italy.
The concert is free. It will be on behalf of the Associazione Luciano Elmo
Onlus in memory of Luciano Elmo, who was a Lawyer, sent in
concentration camp and the only survivor of his group.
He is recalled for having save a great number of Jews, and received military decorations several times.
The Symphony The Holocaust brings back to present days tonal and romantic
music, has been recorded some weeks ago in Milan and will be performed by the
Cantelli Orchestra, one of the most famous Orchestra of Milan, together with the
Costanzo Porta Choir of Cremona.… CONTINUE READING >
On January 19, 2008 at 8pm, the Francisco based Feinsmith Quartet
(www.feinsmithquartet.com), founded by New Yorker Daniel David Feinsmith makes it
New York Debut at the Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th Street).
Known for its powerful new sound with an ecstatic spiritual bent, the Feinsmith
Quartet will appear in this one-night-only concert with special guest Scott
Amendola. A super-group in the most complete sense of the term, the Feinsmith
Quartet features Jennifer Culp on cello, Michael Manring on bass, Gyan Riley on
guitar, and Christopher Taylor on piano. The group will perform original
compositions by founder and artistic director Feinsmith, guitarist Riley and bassist
Manring. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Student and senior advance
tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door.… CONTINUE READING >
Announcing a new chamber work by
composer Leroy Osmon: Zeraim from The Book of Ruth
Scored for: Mezzo Soprano and Soprano Saxophone accompanied
by Chamber Ensemble (Flute, Bass Clarinet, Horn, Cello and Percussion).
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faculty from the School of Music Tennessee Tech University.