Omaha Chamber Music Society Gets ‘Inspired’
February 12th, 2014
Omaha, NE — Chamber music meets Klezmer music this weekend.
This Sunday evening the Omaha Chamber Music Society continues its tradition of presenting a concert at Omahaâ€™s Jewish Community Center. Violist Thomas Kluge gives several reasons he and his colleagues enjoy performing there.
â€œI really think itâ€™s a beautiful collaboration,â€ Kluge said. â€œThe audience there is so supportive, so appreciative. It gives the musicians a chance a lot of music that we otherwise donâ€™t get to play, and also it gives us a chance to work with our colleagues in ways that we often donâ€™t get to work together.â€
Joining Kluge for this performance are clarinetist Carmelo Galante, violinists Anne Nagosky and Jeffery King, cellist Paul Ledwon, and pianist Christi Zuniga. Sundayâ€™s program is called â€œInspired: expressive chamber works shaped by Jewish musical traditions.â€ The title refers to the fact that, while the composers werenâ€™t Jewish, they were influenced by Jewish music traditions and culture.
â€œMax Bruch was not a Jewish composer,â€ Kluge said. â€œHe was banned in Germany for a number of years during the Nazi era, basically because he wrote a couple of piece based on Jewish themes. One of them is the Kol Nidre, based on the Jewish prayer, for cello and orchestra.â€
A version of Bruchâ€™s â€œKol Nidreâ€ for cello and piano will appear on the program, along with selections from Bruchâ€™s â€œEight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano.â€
â€œOne of the pieces in particular is called â€˜Romanian Folk Melodyâ€™, but it sounds maybe a little less gypsy when you think of Romanian, then it does Jewish,â€ said Kluge.
Also on the program is a Jewish liturgical song arranged for violin and piano by Maurice Ravel and the â€œOverture on Hebrew Themesâ€ by Sergei Prokofiev. The overture is scored for the unusual combination of clarinet, string quartet, and piano. Kluge points out that the addition of clarinet give the work a feeling of authenticity.
â€œClarinets are used in Klezmer music, a style of Hebrew folk music from primarily Eastern Europe, I think. You can definitely hear the relationship of Klezmer music to this composition,â€ said Kluge.
The Omaha Chamber Music Society presents â€œInspiredâ€ on Sunday, February 16 at 7 PM. The performance is at the Jewish Community Center in Omaha and is open to the general public. More information is available at omahachambermusic.org or by calling 402-960-6943.
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