Monthly Archives: September, 2019


1-10: Darius Milhaud

Published - September 11, 2019

1-10 Darius Milhaud  A French Jewish composer, Darius Milhaud was forced to immigrate to the United States after the Nazi invasion of France during WWII. Music Includes: Provence from Suite Française Studies on Liturgical Themes from Comtat Venaissin The Candelabra with Seven Branches Selections from Sacred Service

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1-9: Musicians in Exile

Published - September 11, 2019

1-9 Musicians in Exile  Music from Jewish musicians forced to leave their homes.  We’ll explore how these immigrants helped to shape and were shaped by new cultures over the span of five hundred years, the expulsion of Jews from Spain in the 15th century to the pogroms and Holocaust of the 20th. Music Includes: Giuseppe Verdi: Va, pensiero from Nabucco Gustav Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, conducted by Bruno Walter Jerzy Fitelberg: Serenade Oscar Roberto Casares: Concierto Sefaradi Lazar Weiner: 3 Piano Preludes Lazar Weiner: Viglid Jacob Weinberg: Canzonetta & The Maypole Hans Eisler: An den kleinen Radioapparat

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1-8: Chamber Music

Published - September 11, 2019

1-8 Chamber Music  An exploration of Jewish composers utilizing their heritage in writing chamber music, including Samuel Gardner and Joseph Achron. Music Includes: Joel Engel: Freyleks from Two Violin Pieces, op.20 Samuel Gardner: Hebrew Fantasy Salomon Rosowsky: Fantastic Dance, op.6 Joseph Achron: Cantillations Joachim Stutschewsky: Legend from Six Israeli Melodies

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1-7: Leonard Bernstein

Published - September 11, 2019

1-7 Leonard Bernstein  A preeminent American composer and conductor of the 20th century, Leonard Bernstein often incorporated his Jewish heritage into his music, once referring to himself as a “chip off the old tanakh.” Music Includes: Invocation and Trance from Dybbuk Psalm 148 Hashkivenu Halil The Chichester Psalms Maria from West Side Story (sung in Yiddish!)

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1-6: Israeli Composers

Published - September 11, 2019

1-6 Israeli Composers  The country of Israel has a rich heritage of classical music that began with Paul Ben-Haim who immigrated to the British Mandate of Palestine in the 1930s and continues today. Music Includes: Tzvi Avni: A Song of Degrees Paul Ben-Haim: Fanfare to Israel Paul Ben-Haim: Berceuse Sfaradite Amy Maayani: Sinfonietta on Popular Hebrew Themes Aver Dorman: Udacrep Akubra

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1-5: Music in a Time of Darkness

Published - September 11, 2019

1-5 Music in a Time of Darkness  Many notable musicians were murdered in concentration camps by the Nazi regime.  Composers such as Hans Krása and Pavel Haas found a light in this time of darkness as they continued to compose under insurmountable odds. Music Includes: Zikmund Schul: Two Chassidic Dances Viktor Ullmann: String Quartet No. 3 Hans Krása: Dance for String Trio Gideon Klein: Piano Sonata Pavel Haas: Study for Strings Ilse Weber: Wiegala

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1-4: The Golden Age of Hollywood

Published - September 11, 2019

1-4 The Golden Age of Hollywood  Many of the pioneering composers from the early years of Hollywood were Jewish immigrants fleeing discrimination in Europe including Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Franz Waxman. Music Includes: Alfred Newman: 20th Century Fox Fanfare Max Steiner: Tara’s Theme from Gone With the Wind Erich Wolfgang Korngold: a suite from The Adventures of Robin Hood Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Passover Psalm, op. 30 Franz Waxman: Main Title from Bride of Frankenstein Franz Waxman: selections from The Song of Terezin Dimitri Tiomkin: Do Not Forsake Me from High Noon

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1-3: Jewish Violinists

Published - September 11, 2019

1-3 Jewish Violinists  The Jewish people have a long history with the violin.  From Jascha Heifetz to Itzhak Perlman to Fiddler on the Roof, we’ll explore how the violin has played a prominent role in the Jewish musical heritage. Music Includes: John Williams: The Main Theme from Schindler’s List Felix Mendelssohn, arr. Ferdinand David: Miniatures for Violin and Piano Ernest Bloch: Poème Mystique J.S. Bach: The Concerto for Two Violins in d, BWV 1043 Max Bruch: Kol Nidre Jerry Bock: Fiddler on the Roof selections

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1-2: Salamone Rossi

Published - September 11, 2019

1-2 Salamone Rossi  Salamone Rossi was the most famous Jewish musician from the late Italian Renaissance.  At a time when Jews had few legal rights, he was one of the first to gain secular prominence as a court musician. Music Includes: Sonata prima detta la Moderna from the Third Book of Various Sonatas and Symphonies Selections from The Songs of Solomon Selections from the Fourth Book of Various Sonatas and Symphonies The Salomon Rossi Suite by Lukas Foss

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1-1: Ernest Bloch

Published - September 11, 2019

1-1 Ernest Bloch  Ernest Bloch, an American Jewish composer of Swiss origin, said, “What interests me is the Jewish soul, the enigmatic, ardent, turbulent soul that I feel vibrating throughout the Bible … it is all this that I endeavor to hear in myself and to transcribe into my music.” Music Includes: Selections from Avodath Hakodesh Three Jewish Poems From Jewish Life Three Pictures of Chassidic Life  

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September 7 – 13, 2019: Season 4 Begins: Patchwork Quilt XV

Published - September 7, 2019

“Music doesn’t lie.  If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.”  – Jimi Hendrix   Ready for another season of Feminine Fusion?  We’re kicking off Season 4 with a Patchwork Quilt episode. And all the music on this program comes from CDs released in 2019.   “Season 4: Patchwork Quilt XV”   Valerie Saalbach:  Going to Heaven! poem by Emily Dickinson Elyse Anne Kakacek, soprano Christopher Fectau, piano “Untethered” True Capture Records Louis Karchin:  Act II, opening (from the new opera, “Jane Eyre”) Libretto by Diane Osen Jennifer Zetlan, Kimberly Giordano, Ryan MacPherson, vocals Orchestra

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September 5, 2019: Jeffrey Siegel – Humor & Heartache

Published - September 5, 2019

  Jeffrey Siegel is returning to Utica for the start of season 32 of Keyboard Conversations at MWPAI.  Mid-day host Diane Jones spoke to Jeffrey about this upcoming program, Haydn & Mozart: Humor & Heartache, – how he does his research, and how the music affects us all.   Find out more about Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations here. More about MWPAI is available here.

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