2011 Events – Composer Gerald Cohen

Thursday, November 10, 8:00 p.m. Baltimore, MD
Performance of Yedid Nefesh, trio for clarinet, viola and piano
Yedid Nefesh, for clarinet, viola and piano, performed by J. Michael Richards, Maria Lambros and Audrey Andrist at a concert at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, on Thursday, November 10, at 8 p.m. The concert, Maria Lambros and Friends, is a program of “Three Centuries of Music by Jewish Composers.”
More information on this concert

Sunday, October 30, 4:00 p.m. Norfolk, VA
Premiere of We are loved by an unending love, with text by Rabbi  Rami Shapiro, at Temple Ohef Sholom in Norfolk, VA on Sunday, October 30 at 4 p.m. The piece was commissioned by Temple Ohef Shalom, and was performed by the temple choir, with Robynne Redmon, mezzo, conducted by Charles Woodward.

Thursday, June 2, 7:00 p.m. New York, NY
The premiere of my new one-act opera, SEED, written with librettist David Simpatico, will be on Thursday June 2, at 7 p.m. at Symphony Space in NYC.  Presented along with three other one-act operas by my colleagues in American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program, of which I was resident artist in 2010-2011.
Symphony Space, Broadway and 95th Street, Manhattan.

Wednesday, May 25, 8:00 p.m. Chevy Chase, MD
Performance, and Washington area premiere, of the Passover Cantata V’higad’ta L’vincha (And you shall tell your child) by Zemer Chai, D.C.’s premier Jewish Choir, Eleanor Epstein, Artistic Director.  Ohr Kodesh Congregation, 8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase, MD.

Sunday, April 3, 3:00 p.m. Philadelphia, PA
Premiere of arrangements of my Five Hebrew Songs for clarinet, viola and piano.  Performed as part of Nashirah’s concert in celebration of Passover, “And You Shall Tell Your Children.”  Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Sunday, April 3, 3:00 p.m. Scarsdale, NY
The Grneta Ensemble (Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski, clarinets; Alexandra Joan, piano), performers with whom I have had a wonderful collaboration in recent years performing a concert featuring my Grneta Variations and Five Hebrew Songs, both written for the ensemble.  Also includes my performing vocal selections with the group, and concert music by Bartok, Mendelssohn, Fairouz, and Grign.  Shaarei Tikvah, 46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale, NY.

Sunday, March 27, 6:00 p.m. New York, NY
Performance of Adonai Ro’i (Psalm 23) by HaZamir, the International Jewish High School Choir, at Rose Hall, Lincoln Center.  HaZamir is a network of Jewish youth choirs, founded by Matthew Lazar, that gathers each year for a culminating festival  and concert in New York. Fredrick P. Rose Hall, Broadway and 60th Street, Manhattan.

Friday, March 25, 8:00 p.m. Utrecht, the Netherlands
Performance of the Passover cantata V’higad’ta L’vincha (And you shall tell your child) by Medusa, a women’s choir in Utrecht, The Netherlands, conducted by Tanya Worron.

Sunday, March 6, 7:30 p.m. New York, NY
Premiere of new arrangements of two of my best-known songs, Adonai Ro’i  and Y’varech’cha, for voice and string quartet.  Performed by Cantor Marina Shemesh and the Cassatt String Quartet, on a concert that also includes music by Andy Teirstein, and Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet. The Brotherhood Synagogue, 28 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan.

Friday, March 4, 7:30 p.m. New York, NY
Premiere of Evening Meditations, for SATB chorus and piano.  This piece was commissioned by the Horace Mann Chamber Choir, Timothy Ho, conductor. The texts of the piece are two contemporary English translations of Jewish liturgical settings that focus on the sense of wonder at the daily motion of the earth, sun and stars.  Saint Jean Baptiste Church, 184 East 76th Street, (Lexington Avenue), Manhattan.

Sunday, January 30, 1:00 p.m. New York, NY
“Freshly Brewed” Showcase Concert–opera scenes written by composers and librettists of the Composer Librettist Development Program of the American Lyric Theater.  Performed at Opera America, 330 Seventh Avenue (29th Street). I have written, with librettist David Simpatico, “I am Sarah Palin”–an aria for the character of Sarah Palin, based on her 2008 convention speech; it will be sung by mezzo Heather Johnson. The program will also feature arias based on other historical figures, including Josephine Baker, Carlo Gesualdo and Emperor Hirohito.
More information about the Composer Librettist Development Program

Sunday, January 23, 6:00 p.m., New York, NY
Performance of Grneta Variations for clarinet duo and piano, as part of the concert Classicals & Supper with the Grneta Ensemble. With pianist Alexandra Joan and clarinetists Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski.  Drom, 85 Avenue A (b/w 5th & 6th) New York, NY.

Sunday, January 16, 6:00 p.m., New York, NY
Performance of Five Hebrew Songs, for clarinet duo and piano, as part of the concert Classicals & Supper with the Grneta Ensemble. With pianist Alexandra Joan and clarinetists Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski.  Drom, 85 Avenue A (b/w 5th & 6th) New York, NY.

Sunday, January 16, 3:00 pm, Yonkers, NY
Performance of Preludes and Debka for clarinet and string quartet by the Bronx Arts Ensemble, on a program also featuring works of Debussy and Schubert. 96 Franklin Avenue, Yonkers, NY

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