Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St.
The concerts showcase a variety of new and standard Klezmer music, and a wealth of choral music by Jewish composers, including richly scored six-part Shir Hama'alot by 17th century Italian composer Salamone Rossi, beloved works by Darius Milhaud and Felix Mendelssohn, a lush piece by 19th century composer David Nowakowsky called Hashkivenu #2, Sylke Zimpel's arrangement of the familiar folk tune Tumbalalaika, and compelling psalm settings by contemporary composers George Rochberg, Malcolm Singer, and Karen Tarlow.
For this program local composer Tina Harrington and Composer-Not-in-Residence Matt Van Brink each created new works that feature the two ensembles. Using energetic rhythms, Harrington's Vest Oysforn draws on the tradition of Eastern European folk music. The unique characters of two Romanian dances, the Doina and the Hora, are featured Matt Van Brink's work They Disappear.
Advanced Purchase: $12 Student/$22 Senior/$25 General (less with the friends and family discount!)
About Veretski Pass
Taking its name from the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes
crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the
Austro-Hungarian Empire, Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting
combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited
concertgoers across the world. The trio plays Old Country Music with
origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the
East and the West. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Romanian
and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and
Bessarabia; Jewish melodies from Poland and Romania; Hutzul wedding
music from Carpathian-Ruthenia; and haunting Rebetic aires from
Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with original compositions. Veretski
Pass recently performed at the Concertgebouw concert hall in
Amsterdam, and their CDs have repeatedly been on the 10- best
recording lists of journalists. For biographies of individual members
of Veretski Pass, please visit: www.veretskipass.com
About the Choral Artists
Nationally-recognized San Francisco Choral Artists has achieved
renown through innovative programs and stunning performances
presenting new works and masterworks of the last 600 years.
Specializing in the music of living composers, SFCA has premiered
over 175 works and collaborated with The Alexander String Quartet,
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Composers Inc, The Whole Noyse, and
others. Magen Solomon, Artistic Director since since 1995, avidly
cultivates engagements with living composers to bridge the gulf
between audience, composer, and performer. Active as a guest
conductor, adjudicator and clinician, she has worked with many noted
What People are Saying
"...awash in gorgeous harmonies... exquisite, rich, and sensuous,
...beautiful phrasing, and a perfect blend ...deeply beautiful and
Jonathan Russell, San Francisco Classical Voice; Professor, San
Francisco Conservatory of Music
"...imaginatively-chosen, challenging, and very beautifully sung..."
Lisa Hirsch, San Francisco Classical Voice
"A Bay Area treasure"
Kirke Mechem, Composer