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CONCERT: Music of Russian-Jewish Classical Composers

Anastasia Seifetdinova (piano), Rita Mitsel (oboe)

Saturday, October 28, 3:30pm
Members $18, Nonmembers $22
Purchase tickets by calling the Museum: 978.598.5000 x121, or click the button below.

The “Jewish art music” movement originated at the end of the 19th century in Russia, and remained influential through the 20th century. The group founded The St. Petersburg Society for Jewish Folk Music in 1908, and developed a new, characteristically Jewish genre of classical music that blended traditional Jewish folk and liturgical music with Western European and Russian Romantic styles. Four prominent members of the movement (Joseph Achron, Solomon Rosowsky, Alexander Krein, and Pesach Lvov) are highlighted in this concert.

The program will also include several works of Mieczyslaw Weinberg, one of the 20th century’s greatest hidden treasures. Considered by his close friend Dimitry Shostakovich to be one of the most outstanding composers of the day, Weinberg is slowly being rediscovered as a 20th century genius, a figure of immense significance in the landscape of post-modern classical music.

Anastasia Seifetdinova gave her first solo recital at age eleven, went on to win numerous international competitions, and now performs around the world in solo concertos with orchestras, in solo recitals, and with chamber ensembles. She is currently on faculty of the New England Conservatory.

Rita Mitsel, principal oboe of Symphony C and Glens Falls Symphony, earned her doctorate from Julliard. She has taught at The New School and Queens College, performed with orchestras across the U.S, and recorded with International Contemporary Ensemble for the Naxos label.

Please note that program fees are non-refundable.