Varied program includes works by Bloch, Schulhoff and three Israeli composers: Levitas, Lavry and Olivero
Seattle, WA (August 15, 2013)—Music of Remembrance (MOR) launches its sixteenth season with its concert Until When? at 7:30 pm on Sunday, November 10 at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. In a highlight that evokes MOR’s season theme of “Classical Concerts in the Key of Klezmer,” the program features the world premiere of an original dance score that MOR commissioned from Cornish College of the Arts choreographer Pat Hon to complement Israeli composer Betty Olivero’s scintillating suite Six Yiddish Songs and Dances from her musical score to the iconic silent film The Golem. MOR’s stellar chamber ensemble joins forces with performers from Cornish College’s dance program in this stunning collaboration. Before the concert, Pat Hon will discuss her work in a conversation moderated by Cornish College president Nancy Uscher.
The program also includes music by two other important Israeli composers. The Latvian-born Marc Lavry was a highly-respected composer and conductor in pre-Nazi Germany before he was forced to flee in the early days of the Third Reich. “I immigrated to Israel in 1935 and immediately felt that I found my spiritual homeland,” he later wrote. “I felt that the country inspired me as a composer.” Lavry became a towering influence in Israel’s musical life, and he helped establish a distinctive Israeli Mediterranean school of composition that drew on indigenous sounds and folk materials of the new country. His 1966 Suite Concertante for Flute, Viola and Harp recalls prayer, dance and shepherd’s song.
Eugene Levitas, part of a new generation of young Israeli composers, is fluent in the diverse languages of classical, contemporary, jazz, electronic and even pop-rock music. Levitas’ 2011 Until When? is a setting of five songs to the haunting lyrics of Hungarian Holocaust survivor Yaakov Barzilai. Soprano Karen Early Evans, making her MOR debut, sings in the original Hebrew. Kurt Beattie, Artistic Director of Seattle’s ACT Theater, joins as special guest in a dramatic delivery of the English translation.
Pianist Mark Salman joins Seattle Symphony violinist Mikhail Shmidt in a performance of Erwin Schulhoff’s brilliant Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano. To open the concert, MOR introduces an extraordinary young talent: violinist Takumi Taguchi, this year’s recipient of MOR’s prestigious David Tonkonogui Memorial Award for Young Musicians. He performs Ernest Bloch’s soulful Nigun.
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Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall, Seattle
7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 2013
6:15 p.m. Pre-concert conversation with choreographer Pat Hon & clarinetist Laura DeLuca
Takumi Taguchi, violin (2013-2014 David Tonkonogui Memorial Award Winner); Mina Miller, piano
Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano (1927)
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Mark Salman, piano
Until When? (2011)
Poetry by Hungarian Holocaust survivor Yaakov Barzilai
English Translation read by actor Kurt Beattie
Karen Early Evans, soprano; Walter Gray, cello; Mina Miller, piano
Suite Concertante for Flute, Viola and Harp, Op. 348 (1966)
Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Valerie Muzzolini, harp
Zeks Yiddishe Lider un Tantz from The Golem (1997)
World premiere of Dance Commission from Pat Hon (Cornish College of the Arts)
Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Leonid Keylin, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Mara Finkelstein, cello
Dancers from the Cornish College of the Arts
About Music of Remembrance
Music of Remembrance (MOR) fills a unique cultural role in Seattle and throughout the United States by remembering Holocaust musicians and their art through musical performances, educational programs, musical recordings and commissions of new works. Since its 1998-99 inaugural year, MOR has presented two major concerts annually at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, marking the anniversary of Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) each fall and Holocaust Remembrance Day each spring. Since 2005-06, MOR’s Sparks of Glory outreach series has combined free public concerts with commentary by Artistic Director Mina Miller, reaching beyond the concert hall through performance residencies around Seattle. MOR has also produced six CDs—five on Naxos, the world’s leading classical music label—and two documentaries, both by award-winning filmmaker John Sharify. For more information: www.musicofremembrance.org.