The St. Petersburg School: The Music of Leo Zeitlin (1884-1930)” by Dr. Paula Eisenstein Baker

The Jewish Music Forum invites you to their next event of the 2011-2012 Jewish Music Forum season.
Thursday, February 9, 2012, at the Center for Jewish History,
Professor Paula Eisenstein Baker will present a pre-concert talk entitled, “The St. Petersburg School: The Music of Leo Zeitlin (1884-1930).” The event details are as follows:

Feb. 9th, 2012
Thursday, 7:00 P.M.
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, New York 10011

Professor Paula Eisenstein Baker with YIVO’s Sidney Krum Young Artists. Leo Zeitlin belonged to a group of early 20th- century young Russian-Jewish composers–mostly students of the St. Petersburg Conservatory and members of the Society for Jewish Folk Music in St. Petersburg–who were united by the idea of creating a Jewish national music movement. Fascinated by Zeitlin’s masterpiece “Eli Zion,” cellist Paula Eisenstein Baker started to investigate the life and works of this remarkable, but almost unknown, composer. The result was an important volume of chamber music coinciding with growing international interest in Jewish art music from early 20th-century Russia.

Paula Eisenstein Baker, Houston cellist and musicologist, is an authority on the early twentieth-century Society for Jewish Folk Music in St. Petersburg, Russia. She has published articles on composer and society member Leo Zeitlin (1884–1930) in the YIVO Annual, the International Journal of Musicology and Shofar, and is co-editor of the volume of Zeitlin’s chamber music that will be published by A-R Editions, Inc. She has spoken about and performed works by members of the society for audiences throughout the United States, as well as in St. Petersburg, Vilnius, and London.