The Washington Post reviews our latest concert, Piety and Passion: The Musical Legacy of Jewish Spain:
For nearly a decade, Pro Musica Hebraica has championed Jewish classical music by presenting concerts filled with forgotten gems. On Monday evening at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, its first foray into Sephardic musical traditions proved timely and celebratory, with the Amernet String Quartet and two guest artists transporting listeners to medieval Spain.
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Nearly two years after Evgeny Kissin’s “stunning performance” at Pro Musica Hebraica’s widely acclaimed concert at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall, the great pianist continues to use his gifts to give new life to Jewish music.
This December at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Kissin will once again perform some of the rare works by Jewish composers and recite the Yiddish poetry that was praised by audiences and critics in Pro Musica Hebraica’s February 2014 concert, An Evening of Jewish Music and Poetry.
For more information on the December 16 performance, visit Carnegie Hall’s website.
On Monday, November 16, at 9 PM, WETA’s Front Row Washington will broadcast Pro Musica Hebraica’s Winter 2014 concert, Zion’s Muse: Three Generations of Israeli Composers, featuring the young Israeli virtuosos of Ariel Quartet. The award-winning ensemble performed two early classics by the founding father of Israeli classical music, German-born composer Paul Ben-Haim, together with a passionate late 1960s quartet composed by the middle generation master Mark Kopytman on the eve of his departure for Israel, and a moving spiritual meditation by contemporary composer Menachem Wiesenberg.
Washington-area residents can listen on WETA 90.9 FM. Others are free to tune in live on WETA’s website.
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The Munich-based newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, reviews ARC Ensemble’s recent performance at the Dachau Castle Concert.
[The Ben-Haim Piano Quartet] belongs on the Dachau Castle Concert podium. How nice that it was able to make the leap into live performance as part of this thematically ambitious and very demanding concert. It is the ARC Ensemble’s hope that these sublime works, works that transcend their own time and place, find their way into the concert hall, and that they join ‘the canon of 20th century masterworks’. The ensemble achieved this goal on Saturday night. And through this, Dachau became a musical place of learning.
Since 2008, Pro Musica Hebraica has proudly collaborated with the ARC Ensemble, the ensemble-in-residence of Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music, in three concerts devoted to bringing forgotten Jewish music to the concert hall. Read more about them at the links below.
ARC Ensemble (Artists of the Royal Conservatory of Canada) just released premiere recordings of chamber works by Jerzy Fitelberg (1903-1951), the Polish modernist who settled in New York after fleeing from Germany in 1933.
Included in the recording is Fitelberg’s String Quartet No. 2 (1928), which the ARC Ensemble performed in Pro Musica Hebraica’s Spring 2015 concert.
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