The Leo Kraft 90th Birthday Concert at the Center for Jewish History

On Sunday, March 11th at 3 PM the Society will present The Leo Kraft 90th
Birthday Concert at the Center for Jewish History. This performance will
feature some of New York’s finest chamber music players, including flutist
Patricia Spencer, clarinetists Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima, violinist
Renne Jolles, violist Mark Halloway, and cellist Marcy Rosen, as well pianist
Morey Ritt, who will premiere Testimonium, a new work Kraft has written
for her.

Among other works on the program are New Songs from Old, a fantasy for
solo clarinet based on traditional Jewish motifs and Seven Hebrew Songs to
poems by medieval Hebrew poets, sung by the American baritone Thomas
Meglioranza, with David Jolley, horn and Konstantza Chernov, piano. Hailed by The
Boston Globe
for his “vocal distinction and expressive warmth,” Meglioranza
is one of this country’s most sought-after and unique young singers.
The program will conclude with Omaggio, in memory of Primo Levi.

This concert is also scheduled to be video taped for archiving on the American Society for Jewish Music
website. If you are in the New York Metropolitan area you will also find ticket
information there.

The program is co-sponsored by the American Jewish Historical Society and
Centro Primo Levi