November 09, 2013
Uscher, Hon, Cornish Dancers Take Part in Until When?
: Performance of composer Betty Olivero's "Zeks Yiddishe Lider un Tantz" from "The Golem.".
: Cornish College of the Arts dancers. Courtesy Cornish College of the Arts.
: Kurt Beattie, actor, artistic director of A Contemporary Theatre. Courtesy of the artist.
Music of Remembrance presents Until When?, premiering new dance commission with Cornish connection; President Uscher to moderate discussion.
For 16 seasons, Music of Remembrance (MOR) has helped us all keep fresh in our minds Holocaust musicians and their art through musical performances, educational programs, musical recordings, and commissions of new works. This season, there will be a major Cornish presence at the event. The program, titled Until When? Is on the theme of “classical concerts in the key of klezmer” and will take place at Benaroya Hall for one night only, Sunday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m. The varied program includes works by Bloch, Schulhoff and three Israeli composers: Levitas, Lavry and Olivero.
Before the curtain rise for Until When?, Cornish President Nancy J. Uscher will moderate a conversation with dance professor Patricia Hon who will discuss her work for MOR. Hon was commissioned by MOR 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.
According the MOR, 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,” MOR quotes from his writings. “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.
Also according to MOR, two other composers are included, Erwin Schulhoff and Ernest Bloch:
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.
Music of Remembrance presents Until When? at Benaroya Hall for one night only, Sunday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m.
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