Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Music in Exile at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Thanks to a friend, I have been at two concerts in the Music in Exile series at the Museum for Jewish Heritage. Monday was a wonderful lecture, A Czech Gershwin in New York: with Dr. Michael Beckerman of NYU on the exiled Jesek complete with musical excerpts on mp2 files, playing the piano and a CD of the funeral. The music was Robert Kahn: Violin Sonata *

Matyas Seiber: Divertimento for clarinet and string quartet

Franz Reizenstein: Piano Quintet in D Major, Op. 33*

(* US Premiere)

Last night was Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Sonata for clarinet and piano, Op. 28

Songs for Bass (North American Premiere)

Quintet for piano and strings, Op. 18

Performed by Artists of the Royal Conservatory in Canada and Robert Pomakov, bass

There are tickets for tonight and Thursday still available. To hear music from exiles in some cases never heard before is an extraordinary experience.

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