Thursday, February 4, 2010



The Max D. Raiskin Center for the Arts at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue continues its monthly afternoon concert series of world and chamber music, on Sunday, February 15 with Con Vivo featuring violist Amelia Hollander Ames.

“6th Street Sundays” features the work of leading small ensembles exploring the nexus of chamber music and world music. The series highlights music that reflects Middle Eastern and Jewish influences on contemporary music, as well as traditional forms. Each concert will include new compositions either commissioned for or written by the artists. 6th Street Sundays also offers a master class or interactive workshop presented by the artists before each performance.

Each concert is at 3 p.m. with a free workshop for all ticket holders at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $18 ($15 with advance reservations), which includes refreshments. Students and under 21 are $8.

February 14 – Contemporary chamber music featuring violist Amelia Hollander Ames in solo, duo and trio. Compositions by Iva Bittova, Rebecca Clarke, Jean-Marie LeClair, and Gyorgy Ligeti.

Amelia Hollander Ames received her masters degree from the New England Conservatory and her bachelors in viola performance from the Eastman School of Music. From 2004-2007 she was the violist of the award-winning Israel Contemporary String Quartet, with whom she performed throughout Israel and in the U.S., Canada and Asia, collaborating with such composers as Josef Bardanashvili, Judd Greenstein and Steve Reich. She has performed at the IMS Prussia Cove Festival, the Singapore Arts Festival, Kneisel Hall and Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and toured Europe and Asia with the Verbier Festival Orchestra. Amelia is an active freelance violist in the New York City area, and is the founder and artistic director of Con Vivo. She has recorded for the Naïve, Nonesuch and Tzadik labels.

Other artists performing in the series include:

March 14 - String Nucleus - innovative string ensemble

String Nucleus is an acoustic/electric string trio, designed by nature to be expansive from the core. The core members include string players, Jon Weber, Earl Maneein and Jessie Reagen Mann, whose versatile, musical range spans multiple areas.

These three musicians began working together in 2003, collaborating in the genre-bending ensemble DBR & The Mission (Opus 3 Artists). Since then, they went on to serve as leaders of Jay Z’s Hustler Symphony Orchestra, which performed with Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles and ?uestlove, live at Radio City Musical Hall in 2006. Additional projects include performing with and recording for Cole Gentles Symphonic Rock Revival, as well as being featured as improvisers with Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes), on his second album “¿Cómo Te Llama?”. In addition, String Nucleus has performed with Sonos Chamber Orchestra and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Most recently, they performed as part of the Pioneers for a Cure project, a unique organization that raises money for cancer through musical downloads. String Nucleus is featured on several recorded tracks

Each of these players, classically trained by members of the renowned Orion String Quartet, views chamber music with a broad sense, respecting and integrating the core values of classical chamber music, while expanding those values to explore the uncharted, cutting edge territories that chamber music can offer audiences of all generations.

April 25 – Choral Blast featuring the Zamir Chorale of New York, Polyhymnia, Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus

Come join us for a great afternoon of singing with an a cappella Choral Blast!

The Zamir Chorale was the first modern Hebrew-singing chorus in North America and is directed by Matthew Lazar. The choir has won international acclaim for its superior performances, encompassing the full spectrum of four centuries and more of Jewish choral repertoire. Zamir has been a major spark in creating a new generation of Jewish choral music, commissioning and premiering works by contemporary North American and Israeli composers. The Chorale has collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim and others in the choral/orchestral.

Polyhymnia is a small ensemble of singers and instrumentalists focusing on historically informed performance of sacred music from the courts and cathedrals of the Renaissance world. Since 2000, director John Bradley has been creating original editions of music for the ensemble, some of it secreted in manuscript collections since the 16th-century. Working in concert with libraries, liturgical historians and institutions, Polyhymnia hopes to both preserve and reintroduce choral masterworks of the Renaissance and early Baroque in ways that both entertain and elucidate.

The Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus is part of the modern Yiddish renaissance – more than forty members strong, ages 15 to 85, a good number of whom speak or are learning Yiddish. The JPPC has a century-spanning repertoire – exciting oratorios and operettas, labor anthems, folk songs, and popular tunes – all in Yiddish. Committed to strengthening Yiddish as a living language, the JPPC has commissioned and premiered new Yiddish choral works by composers Helen Medwedeff Greenberg, Robert Ross, Binyumen Schaechter, Josh Waletzky, and Mark Zuckerman.

Do you love to sing? Have you always wondered how the human voice can project across concert halls? Come learn some new and basic techniques for healthy singing including breathing exercises and hear the progress in your own voice. Note reading not necessary. A separate male and female vocal masterclass will be given preceding the concert by opera singers Jennifer Greene and Andrew Cummings.

May 10 – 2VC - new music for 2 cellos

This innovative series is sure to offer an enjoyable and complete learning experience for the listener in this vibrant community. 6th Street Sundays is curated by cellist Jessie Reagen Mann, with the artistic advice of saxophonist and Rabbi Greg Wall.

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