Cross Island chamber ensemble, cellist Suzanne Mueller and pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas, together with clarinetist Sandy Tepper, will be presenting a concert of duets and trios by Jewish composers on February 12, 2017 at the Port Jewish Center, 20 Manorhaven Blvd. in Port Washington, New York.
Meira’s Bracha for cello and piano will be one of the featured works. Originally for violin and piano, the cello and piano version was arranged by Cross Island cellist Susanne Mueller, in collaboration with the composer. Warshauer describes Bracha as ” a musical interpretation of the Jewish concept of blessing. The Hebrew word, bracha, is related to breicha, which means pool of water, or flowing stream. In this composition, it is interpreted as a stream of Divine goodness flowing downward into the world. ” More about it at https://meirawarshauer.com/works/bracha/.
The program, designed to demonstrate the wide range of music created by composers of the Jewish diaspora, will blend beloved favorites with music that is new to the audience. Other selections will include original arrangements of Ernest Bloch’s Prayer, the Andante from Paul Schoenfield’s Café Music, as well as George Gerswhwin’s Preludes 1 and 2 and I Got Rhythm, Steven Schwartz’s For Good (from Wicked), Edwin Finckel’s Willow Variations (variations on Willow, Weep for Me), and more. Visit Cross Island at http://crossisland.net/about_cross_island/.
Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling Port Jewish Center at 516-944-7202, or by emailing [email protected]. A reception will follow.
More about the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1125018967611989/.