2010 Events – Composer Gerald Cohen

November-December 2010

Premiere of choral piece “An Odd Bus”

Saturday, November 6, 8:00 p.m. Beachwood, OH

Premiere of “An Odd Bus” as part of Sacred Rights, Sacred Song, a choral work of six composers,  focusing on the rights of religious pluralism in Israel. Fran Gordon Immerman, Creator & Producer.  Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, 23737 Fairmount Blvd, Beachwood, OH

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Performance of Adonai Ro’i in Rome, as part of an interfaith conference at the Vatican

Tuesday, November 16th,  Rome, Italy

Performance of Adonai Ro’i (Psalm 23) as part of a Conference on Catholic-Jewish Relations being held at the Vatican.  The piece will be sung by a group of twenty cantors from the American Conference of Cantors. Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, Rome, Italy.

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Performance of Grneta Variations and Five Hebrew Songs for clarinet duo and piano

Tuesday, November 23, 7:30 p.m., New York, NY

Performance of Grneta Variations and Five Hebrew Songs, both for clarinet duo and piano, as part of the concert “Eastern Madness” With pianist Alexandra Joan and clarinetists Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski.  WMP Concert Hall, 31 East 28th Street, (between Park South & Madison Ave.), New York, NY

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Premiere of new opera scenes as part of the Composer-Librettist Development Program

Sunday, December 12, 1:00 p.m. New York, NY

“Freshly Brewed” Showcase Concert—music of Gerald Cohen and other composers and librettists from the Composer-Librettist Development Program of the American Lyric Theater.  Performed at Opera America, 330 Seventh Avenue (29th Street), 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001

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Summer 2010

Performance of String Quartet No. 2 by the Borromeo String Quartet

Sunday, July 4, 7:30 p.m. Taos, New Mexico

String Quartet No. 2 performed by the Borromeo String Quartet, as part of the Taos School of Music Chamber Music Festival.  This performance is as a result of the piece winning the 2009 Copland House Borromeo Award.

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Performance of Hebrew Songs for violin and piano

Sunday, July 4, 8:00 p.m., Sonoma State University, CA.

Performance of arrangements of three of Gerald’s liturgical songs, arranged for violin and piano.  Performed by Wendy Sharp, violin, as part of a faculty concert of California Summer Music.  Sonoma State University, CA.

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April-June 2010

Performance of song cycle The Dogwoods

Saturday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Rockville, MD

Rachel Brook, soprano, JJ Penna, piano, perform Gerald’s song cycle The Dogwoods, settings of poems by Maryland poet Linda Pastan, as part of a concert of Ladino, Yiddish, Operetta and new American songs. Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Rd, Rockville, MD.

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Performance of The Ocean of Peace lies ahead of me

Saturday April 24, 8:00 p.m., New York, NY

The Ocean of peace lies ahead of me, set to words of Rabindranath Tagore, performed by the New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, conductor, at the Festival for Universal Sacred Music, (as a winner of their 2010 Composition Contest).  At Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY.  Tel:  212.501.3303.

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“Gerald Cohen and friends”, concert at Columbia University

Tuesday April 27, 6:00 p.m., New York, NY

Concert of the music of Gerald Cohen, performed by Cantors Gerald Cohen, Natasha Hirschhorn, Benjie Ellen Schiller, and the joint choruses of the cantorial schools of Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College. St Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University, 116th Street and Broadway, New York, NY.  Free Admission.

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Directions to St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University

Premiere of new cantorial compositions at Cantors Assembly convention

Wednesday, May 5, 8:00 p.m., New York, NY

Premiere of “New Music for a New Mahzor”; Gerald was one of ten composers commissioned by the Cantors Assembly to write music for the new High Holiday prayer book being published for Conservative Synagogues.  Performed by Gerald Cohen.  Tickets sold at door: $35. Park Avenue Synagogue, 50 East 87th Street, New York, NY.

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Performance of Five Hebrew Songs for clarinet duo and piano

Sunday, May 23, 3:00 p.m., New York, NY

Performance of arrangements of five of Gerald’s liturgical songs, arranged for clarinet duo and piano.  Performed by the Grneta Duo (Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski, clarinets) and Alexandra Joan, piano, as part of a concert “Music in Our Time”, presented by the American Society for Jewish Music. Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY.

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Premiere of Grneta Variations for clarinet duo and piano

Thursday, May 27, 8:00 p.m., New York, NY; NOTE: DATE CHANGE

Premiere of Grneta Variations, for two clarinets and piano, written for the Grneta Duo (Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski, clarinets) and Alexandra Joan, piano. The concert, entitled “Eastern Madness”, features composers that feature eastern influences in their music.

Tickets sold at door: $15. Bechstein Piano Centre, 207 West 58th Street , New York, NY.

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Performance of V’higad’ta L’vincha, in Montreal

Sunday, May 30, 3:00 p.m., Montreal, Quebec

Performance of V’higad’ta L’vincha (“And you shall tell your child”, Passover cantata), by Concerto Della Donna, Iwan Edwards, conductor. Christ Church Cathedral, 1444 Avenue Union, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Premiere of Hebrew Songs for violin and piano

Sunday, June 13, 3:00 p.m., New Haven, CT

Performance of arrangements of four of Gerald’s liturgical songs, arranged for violin and piano.  Performed by Wendy Sharp, violin, and Gerald Cohen, piano, as part of a concert celebrating Wendy Sharp’s 50th birthday.  Sprague Hall, Yale University, 470 College St., New Haven, CT.

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Jan.-March 2010

Premiere of Variously Blue for clarinet, violin and piano

Sunday, Feb 7, 3:00 p.m., New York, NY

Premiere of Variously Blue for clarinet, violin and piano, commissioned by the Verdehr Trio.

Performed by the Verdehr Trio at the Kosciuszko Foundation,15 East 65th Street, New York, NY

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Performance of excerpts of Sarah and Hagar

Wednesday, March 3, 10:30 a.m., New York, NY

Excerpts from opera Sarah and Hagar performed as part of the senior cantorial recital of soprano Star Trompeter.

Performed at Hebrew Union College, 1 West 4th Street, New York, NY.  Free Admission.

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Performance of Variously Blue for clarinet, violin and piano

Sunday, March 7, 4:00 p.m., Washington, DC

Performance of Variously Blue for clarinet, violin and piano, commissioned by the Verdehr Trio.

Performed by the Verdehr Trio at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC

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Concert of Jazz and Jewish music

Saturday, March 13, 8:00 p.m, Scarsdale, NY

Gerald joins jazz trumpeter and arranger John Sneider, who will be giving a concert of standards, originals, as well as jazz versions of my compositions. Shaarei Tikvah, 46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale, NY. Email office@shaareitikvah.org for reservations.

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Performance of V’higad’ta L’vincha

Sunday, March 14, 4:00 p.m., New York, NY

V’higad’ta L’vincha performed by joint choruses of the cantorial schools of Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College.

Center for Jewish History. 15 West 16th Street,New York, NY.

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