Pro Musica Hebraica presents: The Voice of the Clarinet in Jewish Classical Music: Alexander Fiterstein and Friends
Sunday, December 01, 2013, 7:30 PM

Pro Musica Hebraica's 2013 Hanukkah concert highlights the rich legacy of the clarinet in Jewish art music through a performance by young rising Israeli star Alexander Fiterstein and some of his musician friends.

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Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
and Friends
Erin Keefe, violin
Charles Yang, violin
Cindy Wu, viola
Nicholas Canellakis, cello
Timothy Lovelace, piano

Pro Musica Hebraica's 2013 Hanukkah Concert highlights the rich legacy of the clarinet in Jewish art music with a performance by the rising young star Alexander Fiterstein together with some of his musician friends. Recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant Award, Fiterstein has dedicated himself to exploring the vast branches of Jewish art music, past and present. This concert features newly recovered compositions by many of the great Russian Jewish composers of the early 20th century, including Joel Engel and Jacob Weinberg, along with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Samuel Gardiner's Hebrew Fantasy for strings and clarinet, and new works by acclaimed contemporary composers Ronn Yedidia (b. 1960) and Lev Zhurbin (b. 1978).

Fiterstein's program takes its inspiration from an ensemble founded by the legendary Russian Jewish clarinetist Simeon Bellison (1881-1953). The original Zimro Ensemble, founded in Moscow in 1918, was a chamber ensemble dedicated to the promotion of Jewish national music and the founding of a conservatory in Jerusalem. 

The bulk of the program features newly recovered manuscripts from Bellison's own archive at the Jerusalem Conservatory, including his arrangements of works by Engel, Weinberg, Gardner, and others, based on Yiddish folk songs and virtuoso folk masterpieces drawn directly from the klezmer repertoire of the pre-World War I East European Jewish shtetl. Rounding out the program, the same ethos of tradition and innovation marks the music of Yedidia and Zhurbin, two composer prodigies whose works have drawn praise and popularity for their ability to blend folk inflections with engaging contemporary sensibilities.

Performance Timing: Part One - 50 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 40 min.

Purchase this performance as part of a Pro Musica Hebraica Subscription Package along with An Evening of Jewish Music and Poetry: Evgeny Kissin by calling (202) 416-8500!

Program and Notes

    Jacob Weinberg
    Leo Zeitlin
    Hasidic Dance
    Joel Engel
    Samuel Gardner
    Hebraic Fantasy
    Simeon Bellison
    In the Field / Song of a Jewish Shepherd
    Ronn Yedidia
    World Dance
    Edward Kilenyi
    Ve-kol ma’aminim
    Jacob Weinberg
    Pedotsur, Op. 23
    Lev Zhurbin
    Lev Zhurbin
    Dave Tarras
    Zeydns tants
    Dave Tarras
    Sirba in B-flat

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