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The Dybbuk: Between Two Worlds (Final Show April 28)

New Hazlett Theater

TICKETS NOW ON SALE at www.pittsburghsymphony.org/dybbuk or call (412)-392-4900   More information at the Festival’s website: www.pjmf.net

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The Dybbuk: Between Two Worlds is a multimedia chamber opera composed by Ofer Ben-Amots and inspired by the timeless Yiddish play of the same name.

A young woman, Leah, near-death, awakens to the whisper of a clarinet.  She slowly realizes the sound is the spirit of her dead lover Hannan.  As the rest of the opera unfolds in flashback, she must choose between life with a man she does not know and death with her beloved, who has possessed her as a Dybbuk: a deceased soul who takes possession of a living body.

The music intertwines folk elements with contemporary textures to create a haunting, self-contained world, while multiple video projections and dance combine to tell a powerful story of faith, mysticism, and passion between two ill-fated lovers.          “…transcendent” – Houston Arts Week

“The Dybbuk” is sung in Hebrew, with English supertitles.

The Dybbuk: Between Two Worlds marks the 10th Anniversary production of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival, an annual concert series devoted to improving cultural life for Pittsburgh’s Jewish and artistic communities at large.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE at www.pittsburghsymphony.org/dybbuk or call (412)392-4900   More information at the Festival’s website: www.pjmf.net

April 26, 2013 at 8:27 am Comments (0)

Release the Krakauer!

David Krakauer will kick off the 2012 Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival.

The 2012 Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival starts on Sunday with the inimitable David Krakauer performing Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre — a work that intermingles music of three cultures (Christian, Arab and Jewish) as they co-existed in the late 15th-century. You can see the entire PJMF schedule here and also check out Andy Druckenbrod’s preview in the P-G.

And if you haven’t seen it yet, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble has released their 2012 calendar, so pop over to pnme.org and see what’s kraken! (Yeah, I went there…)

Another interesting twist to the summer is the move by Opera Theater of Pittsburgh to a summer festival format. Of particular interest to new music lovers is Night Caps — a series of mini-music dramas with each one taking place in a different room of the same hotel. The libretto for the whole series is by Robert Handel and the music has been composed by Daron Aric Hagen,  Gilda Lyons,  Roger Zahab, Eric Moe, Dwayne Fulton, and Alberto Garcia Demestres.

More on all this good stuff soon.


May 17, 2012 at 8:55 am Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival presents “Ayre” with David Krakauer

May 21, 2012
7:30 pm

Levy Hall, Rodef Shalom Congregation 4905 Fifth Ave.
TICKETS for all events $20 general admission, $15 seniors, $10 students
Available through ProArtsTickets

Ayre – meaning “air” or “melody” in medieval Spanish – is an eclectic song cycle by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov. Its multi-lingual texts intermingle three cultures (Christian, Arab and Jewish) as they co-existed in the late 15th-century. This “ecstatically beautiful piece” (New Yorker) blends elements like a Sephardic ballad, an Easter song, and a Sardinian protest song, into a theatrically moving work about religious harmony.

A diverse chamber ensemble features soprano Lara Bruckmann, members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and international clarinet superstar David Krakauer, returning for his third PJMF appearance. The program also includes “Der Heyser Bulgar” and Alexander Krein’s “Jewish Sketches” for clarinet and string quartet (with Krakauer) and a Sephardic work by Pittsburgh composer David Stock.

Find out about the complete Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival schedule.

May 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm Comments (0)

Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival presents “Ayre” with David Krakauer

May 20, 2012
7:30 pm

Temple Emanuel of South Hills (1250 Bower Hill Rd)
TICKETS for all events $20 general admission, $15 seniors, $10 students
Available through ProArtsTickets

Ayre – meaning “air” or “melody” in medieval Spanish – is an eclectic song cycle by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov. Its multi-lingual texts intermingle three cultures (Christian, Arab and Jewish) as they co-existed in the late 15th-century. This “ecstatically beautiful piece” (New Yorker) blends elements like a Sephardic ballad, an Easter song, and a Sardinian protest song, into a theatrically moving work about religious harmony.

A diverse chamber ensemble features soprano Lara Bruckmann, members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and international clarinet superstar David Krakauer, returning for his third PJMF appearance. The program also includes “Der Heyser Bulgar” and Alexander Krein’s “Jewish Sketches” for clarinet and string quartet (with Krakauer) and a Sephardic work by Pittsburgh composer David Stock.

Find out about the complete Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival schedule.

May 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm Comments (0)