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Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA (NYC): The Composer Speaks

Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Voicing: Mixed
Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman, Music Director & Conductor                                                                                                    May 5, 2012
Essential Voices USA will present two The Composer Speaks events this May.  The Composer Speaks is a series of concerts in workshop format presented by Essential Voices USA.  At each concert, musical selections are first presented and performed in different formats, and each composer then discusses musical choices and compositional techniques with conductor Judith Clurman. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and become part of the dialogue.
This first Composer Speaks event will take place on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7 PM, in the HUC-JIR Minnie Petrie Chapel, One West Fourth Street, in Manhattan.
It will feature choral works by Tony Award winner Larry Hochman,  Cantor Bruce L. Ruben Director of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR, and Paul Schoenfield -  esteemed American composer and University of Michigan faculty member.  Performers will include professional and volunteer members of Essential Voices USA, select singers from HUC, and instrumentalists Todd Palmer Clarinet, Kathryn Andersen Violin, Michael Dahlberg Cello, Stacey Shames Harp, and William Test, Piano.
The music performed includes the world premiere of Hochman’s Prayer, a reworking of his Holocaust orchestral work for piano and chamber musicians along with selections from Songs of Freedom: A Celebration of Chanukah, the renowned arrangement of Chanukah songs by Larry Hochman, Judith Clurman, and Brian Stokes Mitchell). The world premiere of Bruce Ruben’s Circle of Life (Bauch Haba, Adonai Maon, Ivdu)  will follow. The program will conclude with several works by Paul Schoenfield, including selections from his A Cappella Motets, his setting of Al Hanisim, and an excerpt from his oratorio Channah for chorus and four-hand piano. Larry Hohcman and Paul Schoenfield will accompany their own music during the workshop.
The event is being presented by Essential Voices USA and The Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Tickets  are $20.00 available online, at, or they can be purchased at the door (cash only).
Photo ID is required for entry to the Hebrew Union College building.
Artists and Repertoire are subject to change.
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