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Legends of Jewish Music

Legends of Jewish Music

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 2:00 pm

Spertus Spring Concert
Chamber Music with the Atar Trio
Direct from Jerusalem

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Spertus Institute was pleased to present a one-day-only appearance of Atar Trio, a leading Israeli chamber ensemble known for its original and adventurous musical projects.

Titled Legends of Jewish Music, the afternoon program included the Chicago premiere of a new work by Israeli composer Dikla Baniel, reflecting the multiple lenses through which people of different faiths experience her hometown of Jerusalem. The piece, written for piano, violin, cello, and smartphone, includes sounds of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim prayer.

Other works included Ernest Bloch’s mysterious Three Nocturnes for Piano Trio; Aaron Copland’s Hoe-Down; Yitzhak Yedid's Suite for Arabic Violin, Cello, and Piano, based on Jewish melodies from Syria; Joseph Achron’s Hebrew Melody; Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67/Allegretto ; and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite.

The Atar Trio was established in 1996 in Jerusalem by graduates of the Rubin Music Academy. The ensemble, of pianist Ofer Shelley, violinist Tanya Beltser, and cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper, strives to spread the joy of chamber music through concerts and education.

As one of Israel's leading ensembles, Atar Trio is regularly invited to perform in chamber music series and festivals, to give master classes, and take part in programs in Israel, Europe, and the US. Recent tours have taken them to Italy, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Germany.

See a complete list of tour dates and other related items on Atar Trio's website.

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This concert is part of the Solomon Goldman Program Series, generously endowed by the late Rose and Sidney Shure.

Thank you to our Sponsor:

The Clare


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