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To the New World

Updated: Mar 31, 2022

Dear friends,

Spring is here and we are about to start a concert tour around Israel. We invite you to join our musical journey from central Europe to North America - the New World, as portrayed in one of Dvořák's greatest masterpieces, the 'American Quartet'. The program also features beautiful pieces by Zemlinsky, Calvin, and Zorman.

The Austrian-Jewish composer Alexander von Zemlinsky, born in 1971, was a protégé of Brahms. He became close friends with Mahler and Schoenberg later in his life, and both greatly influenced his music. Following the Nazis rise to power he escaped to the U.S. It is interesting that he chose to write his 'Humoreske' in 1939, perhaps as a form of a getaway from the bad news in Europe.

Jean-Philippe Calvin is a contemporary British-Jewish composer. His ‘Kleztet’ is an original and humorous wind quintet. It is based on Klezmer tunes from Eastern Europe and flavored with some inventive wind writing.

Moshe Zorman’s 'Suite' is also vivid and full of humor. The piece, written especially for us, skilfully combines a Viennese Waltz and a Middle-Eastern Dabke dance.

Our program will be concluded with one of Antonín Dvořák's greatest compositions, the ‘American Quartet', this time around in a wonderful arrangement for wind quintet by David Walter. The Czech composer also traveled from Europe to the U.S and in this piece he describes the atmosphere, the people and the landscape he saw in the new continent, combined with tunes and harmonies from his homeland.

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