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03 March 2012

Prophets, Kings & Klezmer- Vereski Pass

This just in from Vereski Pass:

Prophets, Kings & Klezmer

Have you ever heard internationally-acclaimed Klezmer Band Vereski Pass?  
Here's your chance to hear internationally-acclaimed Klezmer Band Vereski Pass 
in concert with San Francisco Choral Artists.  
Together we present an innovative program of Jewish music
from the last 2000 years: psalms, folksongs, dances and lullabies
expressed through the fusion of chamber choir and Klezmer band.
You'll hear improvisation, three world premieres, settings of
traditional Jewish texts, lively dance music and plangent a cappella

Palo Alto: Sun, Mar 11, 4 PM
Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St.
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San Francisco: Sat, Mar 17, 8 PM 
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St.
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Oakland: Sun, Mar 18, 4 PM
Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St.
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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.

Tickets are on sale now!  
Advanced Purchase: $12 Student/$22 Senior/$25 General
At the Door: $15 Student/$28 Senior/$30 General

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

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