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Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series: Spring Concert 2011
May 21 2011


CONCERT

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The Spring Concert highlighted the works of two great Jewish composers: Lazar Weiner, the prominent American composer of Jewish art songs, and Joseph Achron, the outstanding Russian-born violinist and composer, an active member of the Society for Jewish Folk Music in St. Petersburg. Musicologist Marsha Dubrow discussed the works of Lazar Weiner and violinist Yuval Waldman introduced the music of Joseph Achron. In addition to Jewish-influenced violin works by Achron, the concert presented the first American performance of his brilliant arrangements of Paganini's Caprices.

The performers included outstanding young artists from the top American conservatories and music schools.

ABOUT SIDNEY KRUM
The Sidney Krum Young Artist Concert Series and the Sidney Krum Jewish Music and Yiddish Theatre Memorial Collections are made possible by a generous gift from the Estate of Sidney Krum. Mr. Krum emigrated from the Polish town of Anatolia to the United States as a child and learned Yiddish folk songs from his mother. Both an attorney and an educator, Mr. Krum spent much of his career in the New York City public schools. Throughout his life, he was dedicated to his Jewish heritage, particularly its music, and to the education of the young people of New York.




Sidney Krum Spring Concert 2011 Video
CONCERT PROGRAM
THE WORKS OF LAZAR WEINER AND JOSEPH ACHRON

Yuval Waldman, Music Director
Dr. Marsha Dubrow, Guest Lecturer and Curator

Welcome and Introduction by Jonathan Brent, YIVO Executive Director

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Yiddish Art Songs by Lazar Weiner (1897-1982)

Lecture by Dr. Marsha Dubrow

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"Shtile Tener" (Hushed Tones) (1918)
Poet: Nahum Baruch Minkoff (1893-1958)
"Ikh Hob Far Dir A Sod" (I Have a Secret for You) (1945)
Poet: Nahum Baruch Minkoff (1893-1958)

Maria Dubinsky, soprano
Anna Vinnitsky, piano

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"Ergets Vayt" (Somewhere Far) (1936)
Poet: H. Leivick (Leivick Halpern) (1886-1962)
"Der Sholem-Zokher" (The Shining Amulets) (1973)
Poet: Itzik Manger (1901-1969)

Joshua Breitzer, tenor
Anna Vinnitsky, piano

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"Yiddish" (1946)
Poet: Yakov-Yitskhak Segal (1896-1954)
"Volt Mayn Tate Raykh Geven" (If My Father Were Rich) (1918)
Poet: Aaron Nissenson (1898-1964)

Heather Klein, soprano
Anna Vinnitsky, piano

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"Der Held" (The Hero) (1936)
Poet: H. Roisenblatt
"A Foter Tsu Zayn Zun" (A Father to His Son) (1971)
Poet: Jacob Glatstein (1896-1971)

Richard Lawrence, tenor
Robert Buxton, piano

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"Ikh Bin Der Vaynrib" (I Am the Grapevine) (1965)
Poet: Mani Leib (Brahinski) (1883-1953)
"A Mayse" (A Story) (1971)
Poet: Aaron Zeitlin

Kate Judd, soprano
Robert Buxton, piano

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Violin Compositions and Arrangements by Joseph Achron (1886-1943)

Lecture by Yuval Waldman


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Hebrew Lullaby, Op. 35, No. 2

Itamar Zorman, violin
Robert Buxton, piano

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Hebrew Dance, Op. 35, No. 1

Caeli Smith, violin
Robert Buxton, piano

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Joseph Achron's Arrangements of Paganini's Caprices for violin and piano (first U.S. performance)

Caprice No. 20

Alice Ivy-Pemberton, violin
Robert Buxton, piano

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Caprice No. 14

Madeleine Vaillancourt, violin
Robert Buxton, piano

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Caprice No. 13

Caeli Smith, violin
Robert Buxton, piano

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Caprice No. 15

Niv Ashkenazi, violin
Robert Buxton, piano

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Caprice No. 17

Itamar Zorman, violin
Robert Buxton, piano

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We would like to thank:

Dr. Gila Flam and the National Library of Israel
Ms. Barbara Cassidy and the School of Jewish Music, Cantorial Ordination Program at Hebrew College in Boston
Mr. Samuel Elliot Zerin and the Joseph Achron Society

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ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

Marsha Dubrow, Lecturer
Since 2007, Dr. Marsha Dubrow, musicologist, composer and cantor, has been Resident Scholar in Jewish Music at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Center for Jewish Studies where she has curated two major symposia and concerts: “Music and Israel @60” and “Klezmer Music in the 21st Century.” She also teaches courses on Music in Jewish Culture and History at NYU, SPCS. In 2008-2009, she was awarded a Milstein Fellowship at YIVO/Center for Jewish History for archival research on Lazar Weiner. Dr. Dubrow has been the Spiritual Leader and Cantor of Congregation B’nai Jacob of Jersey City, New Jersey since 2005. Her Jewish liturgical music has been selected for publication and recording by the Shalshelet Foundation. Dr. Dubrow received a Ph.D. in Music from Princeton University and she will be a Weatherhead Fellow at Harvard University for 2011-2012.

Yuval Waldman, Music Director
Born in Russia and educated in Israel, the United States and Europe, Yuval Waldman has enjoyed great success as a violinist, conductor, and educator. Waldman has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel and given recitals at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall in London, and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In 2005 Maestro Waldman founded Music Bridges International, to foster cross-cultural music exchange programs that feature the music of different countries. Under the Music Bridges banner, he organized the successful Young Artsist Strings Competition at the “Tchaikovsky’s Homeland” Center in Izhevsk/Votkinsk, Russia.

Niv Ashkenazi, violin
Classical violinist Niv Ashkenazi, winner of the 2010 American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition, had his Carnegie Hall debut at the Weill Recital Hall in March 2010. Mr. Ashkenazi has won numerous competitions including the Culver City Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and the 2007 VSA International Young Soloist Award, which led to his debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Mr. Ashkenazi has performed in recitals across the U.S. Most recently, Mr. Ashkenazi was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center for the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy's Inauguration. Mr. Ashekenazi is currently a junior undergraduate attending the Juilliard School, studying with Stephen Clapp and Ronald Copes. He was awarded the Lester Lanin scholarship by the Juilliard School.

Joshua Breitzer, tenor
Cantor Joshua Breitzer was invested this spring from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He currently serves Temple Beth Shalom in Arnold, MD and was previously the first-ever cantorial intern at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York. He has performed as a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, the 92nd Street Y, and on Israel’s “Kol HaMusica” classical radio, and has worked with such cultural luminaries as Elie Wiesel, Jack Gottlieb z”l, and Yehudi Wyner. In addition, Breitzer has coached Jewish vocal music at New York City Opera, the Juilliard School, and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. He is an alumnus of the University of Michigan, and the New England Conservatory of Music, and also completed YIVO’s Weinreich Program in Yiddish at New York University. This August, he will join Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn as cantor and music director.

Robert Buxton, piano
Robert Buxton studies with Dr. Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music. Robert has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous venues, including Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Donell Library, Steinway Hall, Klavierhaus, and the Greenwich House of Music. In 2006 Robert won the Piano Concerto Competition in the Pre-College Program at the Manhattan School of Music, and in 2007 he received the school's Rosetta Goodkind Award. In October 2010, he was a prize-winner at the Panama International Competition.

Maria Dubinsky, soprano
Maria Dubinsky was born in Moscow, former USSR. In 1990 Maria immigrated to Israel to attend the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. Since graduation, Ms. Dubinsky participated in several opera productions of the New Israeli Opera, as well as in numerous concerts and chamber opera projects in Israel and abroad. In 2010 Maria was invested as a cantor by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion with a Master of Sacred Music. Currently, Maria is serving as a cantor at North Shore Synagogue, NY. In July Maria will start working as an assistant cantor at the Temple Shaarey Tefila in Manhattan.

Kate Judd, soprano
Kate Judd received an Artist Diploma in classical voice from the Longy School of Music, where she studied with Sanford Sylvan and Donna Roll. As a recitalist, oratorio soloist, and operatic soloist, she has appeared throughout the New England area, most recently in “FRAUENSTIMMEN: Women’s Voices from Ravensbrück”. Ms. Judd is in the Cantor-Educator Program at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts, where she currently studies voice and chazzanut with Cantor Charles Osborne. She has served as a cantorial soloist at Congregation Shir HeHarim in Brattleboro, Vermont, and at the Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life in Washington, Connecticut. She is also a teacher of voice and of the Alexander Technique.

Heather Lauren Klein, soprano
Heather has established herself as a well-known performer in the San Francisco Bay area’s Yiddish music scene, and has performed in Europe, Canada and throughout the U.S. Heather performed in Budapest, Hungary earlier this year as part of an artists’ residency program, and will perform this May in the world premier of the cabaret opera Ravensbrück Project, in Boston. Heather has also produced and performed in a Bay Area concert series the past two years called “Hungry for Yiddish — A Mitzvah Project.” In addition, she has performed in California with Capital Opera Sacramento, West Bay Opera and The San Francisco Academy Orchestra, and in Manhattan at City Winery's Klezmer Brunch and The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring. Heather has also performed at The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, and at the Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver and the Mameloshen Festival in Winnipeg. Heather lives in San Francisco and earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Richard Lawrence, tenor
Rick has been singing for as long as he can remember. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, he graduated from Oberlin College in 2008 with a B.A. in Jewish Studies. He came to the Boston area in 2009 to enter the Cantor Educator Ordination program at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts and is currently in his second year. He is a member of the Zamir Chorale of Boston and of Il Concerto di Salamone Rossi Hebreo. Rick had the pleasure of working with Yehudi Wyner on several musical compositions of his father, Lazar Weiner.

Alice Ivy-Pemberton, violin
Alice Ivy-Pemberton studies violin with Nurit Pacht at the Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Center in New York City. Alice was a winner of the 2007 Lucy Moses School Concerto Competition, the 2008 ISO Concerto Competition, and the 2009-2010 Greenwich Village Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition. She has performed solo in various venues in New York City, including Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony Space, Zankel Hall, and Barge Music. In 2008, Alice performed in the PBS televised live program “From the Top at Carnegie Hall.” In 2010, she was a finalist in the International Menuhin Violin Competition in Oslo, Norway (Junior Division). There, Alice performed in solo recitals and as a soloist with the Norwegian Academy of Music Symphony orchestra. At twelve, Alice was the youngest performer in the competition. In November 2010, Alice appeared as guest soloist with the Greenwich Village Orchestra. In April 2011, Alice performed as first violinist with the Spectra String Quartet in Weill Recital Hall.

Caeli Smith, violin
Violinist Caeli Smith, born in Philadelphia, is a student at the Juilliard School, where she studies with Ronald Copes of the Juilliard String Quartet. Caeli made her debut as an orchestra soloist at the age of ten with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, and has since soloed with numerous orchestras. She has collaborated with a wide range of musicians in recital and chamber music settings, including pianists André Watts and Christopher O’Riley, and soprano Julianne Baird. Caeli has performed as both a soloist and a chamber musician on From The Top, where she also served for three years as a traveling cast member in the role of “Roving Reporter.” An active journalist, Caeli has worked as an intern for Violinist.com. Her print articles have appeared in Strings and Teen Strings magazines.

Madeleine Vaillancourt, violin
Madeleine Vaillancourt studies with Nurit Pacht at the Lucy Moses School in New York City, where she has participated in masterclasses with Ilya Kaler, Roland and Almita Vamos, Yuval Waldman and Miriam Fried. She has won prizes in the Lucy Moses School Concert Competition, the Island Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Greenwich Village Orchestra Concerto Competition. Madeleine has performed at Merkin Concert Hall, Barge Music, Carnegie Hall, and Symphony Space. She has also studied at the Stony Brook University Pre-College Program, and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. In addition to performing, Madeleine is also an avid composer. Her compositions have been selected for performances at the NYSSMA All-State Conference in Rochester, New York, 2007-2010, as well as at the Music Educators national Conference in 2008 and 2011. Performing many of them herself, these compositions have been performed at the Eastman School of Music, Symphony Space, and the Kennedy Center.

Anna Vinnitsky, piano
Pianist Anna Vinnitsky is enjoying an extensive career as a soloist and collaborative artist. She has participated in numerous festivals and master-classes in the U.S. and abroad, and appeared to acclaim at some of the world’s most prestigious concert venues including Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Merkin Concert Hall and Tenri Cultural Center in New York City. She has appeared as a soloist with Haifa Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Stanley Sperber, and collaborated with internationally acclaimed Chicago Symphony Conductor Cliff Colnot. Ms. Vinnitsky holds a Doctoral Degree in Piano Performance from Stony Brook University, a Master's of Music Degree from DePaul University in Chicago, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Piano and Organ Performance from the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. Ms. Vinnitsky is a co-founder of The Jewish Arts Ensemble of New York. She is on the faculty at St. Luke’s School and Lucy Moses School and a staff accompanist at The Mannes College of Music.

Itamar Zorman, violin
Violinist Itamar Zorman recently won the Berg Concerto Competition at Juilliard, and performed with the Juilliard Orchestra and Conductor James DePriest in Avery Fisher Hall. Lately he also won the first prize, and the special prize for a performance of a Mozart Concerto, in the 2010 International Violin Competition of Freiburg, and first prizes in the 2010 King Award for Young Artists competition, and the 2010 Eisenberg-Fried concerto competition at Manhattan School of Music. He has performed as a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, the Jerusalem Symphony, Bäden Bädener Philharmonie, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, and the Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra, among others. As a chamber musician, Mr. Zorman has appeared at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. He is a founding member of the "Israeli Chamber Project," and the Lysander Piano Trio with which he won the first prizes in the 2010 Arriaga and Coleman competitions.