Forward, March!

23 February 2014

As I write this, on Sunday morning, 23 February 2014, the sun is shining and the temperature is 47º F, but there is still a lot of snow and ice everywhere. This winter has been a brutal one, but there are encouraging signs that winter is on its way out and spring is on its way in.

After the hustle and bustle of “holiday season” in December, it seems that cultural life in New York City goes into partial hibernation in January and February, and starts to get its groove back in March. I had fairly few local performances these past two months, and perhaps that’s all for the best; it’s more than likely those events might have been poorly attended or even canceled altogether due to the weather.

I have three local performances coming up in March, about which I am very pleased and excited. Details are as follows:

13 March 2014, Thursday @ 7:30 PM, my Sonata for Soprano Saxophone and Piano will be performed by Javier Oviedo and Helene Jeanney at the DiMenna Center in New York City. The concert is part of the series The Classical Saxophone Project. I’m particularly pleased to have my work on the same program with such masterpieces as the “Hot Sonate” by Erwin Schulhoff and “La Création du Monde” by Darius Milhaud. Please click HERE for details.

23 March 2014, Sunday @ 3 PM, Bachanalia’s “Jewish Voices” Concert at Congregation Ansche Chesed will include three of my psalm settings, (Shiru Ladonai Shir Chadash, Esa Einei, and L’chu N’ran’nah) which I’ve arranged for voice(s) and string orchestra, sung by Hazzan Natasha Hirschhorn and the Shirei Chesed Community Chorus. The program also includes J. S. Bach’s Double Concerto in D minor (BWV 1043), Dmitri Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a, and the Gershwin/Frolov “Porgy and Bess” Fantasy. Please click HERE for details.

30 March 2014, Sunday @ 3 PM, my setting of Adonai Malach (Psalm 97) will be performed at Carnegie Hall by HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir. I’d be thrilled to have this group perform my music anywhere; having them perform it at Carnegie Hall is a dream-come-true. Click HERE for details.