Music in Our Time: 2014
Jewish Music by 20th and 21st Century Composers
presented by The American Society for Jewish Music & The American Jewish Historical Society
Sunday, June 1st at 3pm
Center for Jewish History
15 W 16th St.
New York, NY
Works by A.W. Binder, Ross Bauer, Stanislav Fridman, Paul Schoenfield, Lazar Weiner, and John Zorn will be performed by Young Artists from Mannes College The New School for Music, with special guests Cantor Robert Abelson, Laura Leon (piano), Mark Feldman (violin), Erik Friedlander (cello), and Sylvie Courvoisier (piano).
Paul Schoenfield: Two Works for Flute and Piano: Achat Sha'alti, and Ufaratsta
Stanislav Fridman: Toccata for String Quartet (world premiere)
Ross Bauer: Heartstrings (Meitarey Halev) for Flute and String Trio (New York Premiere)
Lazar Weiner Songs on poetry of Abraham J. Heschel, H. Leivick, and L. Magister (L. Lehrer)
A.W. Binder: Selected Yiddish Art Songs, Shabbes Shalosh S'udos
John Zorn: Selections from Masada Book Three: The Book Beriah, in honor of the composer's 60th birthday
Tickets 212-868-4444 or www.smarttix.com
Young Artists from Mannes, The New School for Music
Meredith Ezinma Ramsay, violin
Yee Ling Elaine Ng, violin
Patrick Page, viola
Alina Lim, cello
Haodong Wu, piano
Paul Schoenfield (b. 1947) is known for combining popular, folk, and classical music forms. His music is widely-performed and has been called exuberant, with depth and sly twists.(Photo: Milken Archive recording session)
Ross Bauer's Heartstrings (2012) for flute and string trio, was written for the Tel Aviv based Meitar Ensemble and is dedicated to them. It was premiered by Meitar, with flutist Roy Amotz, and recorded for Albany Records.
Lazar Weiner is most widely remembered today as the supreme exemplar and advocate of the Yiddish art song genre. Through his opera of more than two hundred songs, he elevated that medium to unprecedented artistic sophistication. (from Neil Levin biography, Milken Archive). Many of his songs are available by CD and download through the Milken Archive of Jewish Music. (Photo Milken Archive)
From 1922 until 1966, Abraham Wolf Binder served as music director of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in NYC, where he introduced a number of important changes, including a return to traditional biblical cantillation. His compositions often used cantillation motifs as a base.(Photo Milken Archive)
One of the most important composers and musicians of his generation,
John Zorn has spent two decades building upon his exceptional Masada
Songbook, now comprising 613 compositions.
The world premiere of John Zorn’s Masada Book Three: The Book Beriah took place in March of 2014 at Town Hall in New York City.