Jody Rockmaker's piece "Bulbe" from Yiddush Choruses and Mark Zuckerman's arrangements of Mikhl Gelbart’s composition “Ikh Bin A Kleyner Dreydl,” (“I am a Little Dreydl”) and Itsik Manger and S. Beresovsky’s “Dolye Mayne, Dolye” will be performed at the 8th Annual Mercer County Jewish Choral Festival on Sunday, February 22nd, at 2:30pm. A Tapestry of Time - A Symphony of Sound, will feature 100 singers from several synagogues and community choruses sharing a wide range of Jewish sound spanning ages and countries.
Mark Zuckerman will discuss his involvement with Yiddish choral arrangements and the challenges he has experienced when communicating, through music, facets of Jewish spirit, culture and experience. All of the singers will sing his arrangements at the end of the concert. His arrangements have been performed on four continents, has been called the foremost choral arranger of Yiddish song alive today. A composer for vocalists, chamber groups and orchestras, he earned his Ph.D. in composition from Princeton University, where he served on the music faculty and taught courses ranging from jazz to computer music.
Jody Rockmaker is the recipient of numerous awards including a Barlow Endowment Commission, Fulbright Grant, two BMI Awards for Young Composers, an ASCAP Grant, the George Whitefield Chadwick Medal from New England Conservatory, and a National Orchestral Association Orchestral Reading Fellowship. He has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and Villa Montalvo, and has been a Composition Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. He taught at Stanford University and is currently an Associate Professor at Arizona State University School of Music.