The Wall Street Journal reviews our latest concert

Barrymore Laurence Scherer writes:

Throughout the evening the Ariel Quartet—whose members studied with both Kopytman and Mr. Wiesenberg—rose to each composer’s challenge with vigorous aplomb and a palpable joie de vivre born of understanding and affection for the works channeled through their own consummate musicianship.

Read the rest of Scherer’s beautifully discerning review.

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The Washington Post reviews our latest concert

Charles T. Downey:

The high point of the program was Mark Kopytman’s third string quartet, from 1969, a few years before the Soviet-born composer immigrated to Israel. Unlike Ben-Haim, whose music was somewhat retrogressive in style, Kopytman incorporated dissonance and extended instrumental techniques familiar from the work of Bartok, and the strident brutality played to the Ariel’s strengths.

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Organization spotlight: The Israel Music Institute

Our recent concert has sparked new interest in Israeli classical music. For musicians and audiences interested in learning more, The Israel Music Institute (IMI), is a great resource. Founded in 1961, IMI is the first publicly-owned music publishing house in Israel, and is dedicated to the promotion and performance of Israeli concert music. The non-profit, supported by the Israel Ministry of Culture, sells not only scores but also books and CDs. Learn more about their work on their website.

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Live radio interview with Charles Krauthammer–this Sunday at 10am

Charles KrauthammerUpdate: If you missed the live broadcast, a recording is available by clicking here (the interview begins at around the 29-minute mark).

Estelle Abraham of Jewish Community Radio will interview Pro Musica Hebraica chairman Charles Krauthammer this Sunday, December 7, at 10am. They will discuss Pro Musica Hebraica’s upcoming concert at the Kennedy Center, Zion’s Muse: Three Generations of Israeli Composers, featuring Ariel Quartet.

If you’re in the DC/Baltimore area you can listen to the interview live on WUST—AM 1120. If you reside elsewhere,  stream it live on their website.

To learn more about the December 14 concert and to purchase tickets, visit the Kennedy Center website.

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Concert in NYC: “Night of the Murdered Poets” with Sofie Van Lier and Dimitri Dove

Congress for Jewish Culture has organized a memorial concert honoring  the Yiddish poets murdered in the Soviet Union. The concert will take place on Tuesday, August 12th, at 6:30 PM at YIVO, Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street, NYC, NY 10011).
The featured works are:
Mikhail Gnesin – Jewish Songs, Op. 37
Mieczyslaw Weinberg – Jewish Songs, 2nd Cycle to Lyrics by Shmuel Halkin , Op. 17
Dmitri Shostakovich – Prelude and Fuge No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 87, and selected songs from “From Jewish Folk Poetry”, Op. 79  (in Yiddish)
Veniamin Basner – Three fragments from the musical “Jewish Luck”

Professor Tom Bird of Queens College, CUNY, will deliver opening remarks. Admission is free, but reservations are required and can be made at the YIVO/CJH website:

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