- By Cynthia Lum
- Photo Courtesy of The Wallis
Renowned German clarinetist David Orlowsky and Italy’s famed Quartetto di Cremona will present a spellbinding Klezmer journey at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 12 in the Bram Goldsmith Theater.
Klezmer music is a tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe which largely consisted of dance tunes for weddings and other celebrations. The music drew on both the lyrical, and haunting melodies of cantors and the dances of surrounding cultures creating a unique and evocative style.
The program at The Wallis features a compelling distillation of distinctive Jewish musical traditions filtered through the unique perspectives of three acclaimed contemporary composers, includes Hidden Place by israel ’s Aviya Kopelman, hailed for what the Financial Times as her “passionate string writing in which every modulation tugs at the heart.”
The program will also include Betty Olivero’s innovative Zeks Yiddishe Lider un Tantz from “the Golem”, adapted from the Israeli’s celebrated 2007 score to accompany Paul Wegenet’s 1920 silent expressionist film Der Golem” Wie er in die Welt kam. Also featured is Russian-born, Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov’s epic Dreamers and Prayers of Isaac the Blind,which the composer says, although wordless, “sounds as if it were written in three different Jewish languages.
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