Category: Music

On the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht NCE’s 7th Season opens with ” Jewish Musical Treasures”.

November 09, 2013

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere

1611 N. Kent Street (off Wilson Blvd.)

Arlington, Virginia 22209

The National Chamber Ensemble (NCE) 2013-14 Season opening night, “Jewish Musical Treasures”, will celebrate extraordinary music of Jewish Culture. The program also commemorates the 75th anniversary of “Kristallnacht” (“the night of broken glass”), which took place Nov. 9-10, 1938, marking the beginning of the anti-Jewish campaign in Germany. With performances by clarinetist Julian Milkis and cantor Michail Manevich, this special evening acknowledges the scars of “Kristallnacht,” while celebrating the vibrancy of Jewish music and culture. The concert will feature several premieres including the premiere of “Trio on the Roof”, by acclaimed composer Alexander Goldstein for violin, clarinet and piano. The remarkable composition is based on the musical Fiddler On the Roof. Also on the program will be works by Ernest Bloch, George Gershwin, John Williams as well as the premiere of “Sabbath Song” by the Obie winning and Tony nominated composer Gary William Friedman.

The National Chamber Ensemble concert “Jewish Musical Treasures” while noting events that should never be forgotten presents a concert celebrating the joy of life and creative survival. The Ensemble will perform music of beloved composers whose contributions symbolize the vibrant and continued flourishing of Jewish culture.

Mikhail Manevich was appointed Cantor with the Washington Hebrew Congregation in 1989. Washington Hebrew Congregation is one of the largest and most prestigious Reform congregations in the United States. During his tenure there, Cantor Manevich has continued the great musical tradition of Washington Hebrew Congregation established by his predecessors, Dr. Herman Berlinski and Cantor Roy Garber. Through his Congregation choir “Kol Rinah,” Youth Choir, his numerous programs and concerts in the community, he has brough a new and exciting dimension to the office of the Cantor. Cantor Manevich represented the Jewish Community and sang for President Obama on the Inauguration Day Concert at the National Cathedral.

Clarinetist Julian Milkis is a true “cross-over artist” and Benny Goodman’s only student. He is an internationally acclaimed classical soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and jazz clarinetist. Mr. Milkis has appeared on major world stages throughout the Far East, Europe, and the Americas: New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center; the Salles Pleyel and Gaveau, Paris; the Great Halls of the Moscow Conserv-atory and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic; Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall and Weston Recital Hall; and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, among others. A proponent of the jazz clarinet, as well, Mr. Milkis is dedicated to promoting today’s music and expanding the clarinet repertoire. Works written for him include concertos by Moravetz, Petrova, Tishenko, Weinberg, and others. He has worked closely with Giya Kancheli and Olivier Messiaen. Mr. Milkis records for Warner Classics’ Lontano, the French Suoni e Colori, Sony’s Russian division CEAUX and Melodiya labels,

NCE Artistic Director and violinist Leo Sushansky has been acclaimed widely for his, “Gorgeous tone… Compelling musical personality…Passionate intensity,” The Washington Post. He has appeared with many orchestras, as a recitalist and chamber musician in esteemed concert halls worldwide and has been featured on numerous radio and television programs. As a chamber musician and soloist he has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center, the Corcoran Gallery, the Kennedy Center, Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, on several European tours and on many occasions has appeared on the Embassy Series in Washington DC. After his recent Kennedy Center performance DC MetroTheaterArts wrote: “From classical to spiritual genres… while navigating the virtuosic demands of Paganini, he was consistently superb.”

Carlos Rodriguez is a musician of exceptional brilliance and versatility who has gained recognition as a virtuoso pianist. In Washington DC he has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Corcoran Gallery, the White House, Phillips Collection and the National Gallery Of Art. He has collaborates closely with Placido Domingo as coach of the Washington Opera’s Young Artists program and is a member of the piano faculty at The Levine School of Music in Washington, DC. In addition to performing as a soloist Mr. Rodriguez is an in-demand chamber music collaborator and recital partner with artists such as Placido Domingo, Jessye Norman and Carmen Balthrop. Currently he serves as Music Director for the World Dance Theater and Artistic Advisor for the In Series.

NATIONAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE PRESENTS JEWISH MUSICAL TREASURES: Works by Ernest Bloch, Alexander Goldstein, Gary William Friedman, John Williams, George Gershwin and more.

Mikhail Manevich tenor, Julian Milkis clarinet, Carlos Rodriguez piano, Leo Sushansky violin/artistic director,

$30 Adult and $15 Student. Tickets by phone: 888.841.2787 or
Visit: www.NationalChamberEnsemble.org

Praised by the Washington Post for being “Delightful…abundant in jovial wit,” The National Chamber Ensemble is redefining the meaning of “chamber music.” With its creative six seasons of programming, incorporating tango, ballet, spirituals, jazz, guitar, opera, children’s choruses, stage sets and multimedia with traditional classical fare, the ensemble attracts a whole new audience while keeping traditionalists happy! The concerts are fun, inspiring, educational, listener-friendly and offer the areas most enjoyable musical evening.


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