Calendar of Events

Upcoming performances 2017-8

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Premiere of Voyagers at Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

World premiere of  Gerald Cohen’s Voyagers, a tribute to the Voyager Spacecraft and the music of the “Golden Record” that accompanies the spacecraft on their interstellar mission, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the launch of the two Voyager Spacecraft. Performed at the Hayden Planetarium by clarinetist Vasko Dukovski and the Cassatt String Quartet, with accompanying astronomical visualizations by Carter Emmart, and remarks by author Timothy Ferris, the producer of Voyager’s Golden Record.
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January 25, 27, 28, 30, 2018
World Premiere production of STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME, Opera Colorado
Opera Colorado will present the world premiere production of STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME, an opera in two acts by composer Gerald Cohen and librettist Deborah Brevoort. The opera is a love story, full of hope, set during the the dark times of WWII concentration camps. It is based on the book of the same title by Jaap and Ina Polak, whom I knew for more than 25 years, and who had the chance to see the opera in its first semi-staged production in 2013. Opera Colorado’s production will feature conductor Ari Pelto (music director of the company), stage director Omer Ben Seadia, and a cast led by soprano Inna Dukach, baritone Gideon Dabi, and mezzo Adriana Zabala.
Elaine Wolf Theater at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia Street, Denver, CO
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Previous performances

2017

Sunday May 7 at 7:00 pm, Shaarei Tikvah Congregation, Scarsdale, NY
Concert celebrating Gerald Cohen’s 30 years as Cantor of Shaarei Tikvah
Shaarei Tikvah Congregation in Scarsdale, NY, where I have been honored to serve as Cantor for 30 years, presented a concert in celebration of our long relationship.  I had the joy of  performing with several of my favorite colleagues: Ilana Davidson, Magda Fishman, Asa Fradkin, and Natasha Hirschhorn, with pianist Linda Hall Gerson.  The program included selections from the Jewish repertoire, opera, musicals, and several of my compositions. A special treat was a performance by the members of HaZamir, the International Jewish High School Choir.

Wednesday April 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY
Performance of excerpts from STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME
The Jewish Theological Seminary presented excerpts of STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME, and of AS ONE, by composer Laura Kaminsky, and librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. The concert, As One and Steal a Pencil for Me: Hear Two New Operas and Meet Their Composers” featured discussion with me and with Laura Kaminsky about our operas and about the process of creating an opera. STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME was sung by Margaret Newcomb, Heather Johnson, Joshua Simka, Gideon Dabi, Ricardo Rivera, and Joe Elletto, led by music director Lynn Baker.

Sunday April 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm, Morgan Library, New York, NY
Performance of excerpts from STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME

American Lyric Theater
presented excerpts from STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME at its “ALT Alumni: Composers and Librettists in Concert” event. Also being performed were excerpts of JFK by David T. Little and Royce Vavrek, AFTER THE STORM by David Hanlon and Stephanie Fleischmann, and THE COPPER QUEEN by Clint Borzoni and John de los Santos.
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, New York, NY

2016

Sunday, May 15, 7:00 pm
Premiere of new chamber music piece, Scarsdale, NY
As the recipient of a Hoff-Barthelson/Copland House Commission, Gerald Cohen is writing a new work, “The Ocean of Peace,”  for the students of the Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, NY. The premiere of the new composition will be held at the Orchestra + Ensemble concert of the School, Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 468 Rosedale Ave., White Plains.
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Sunday, May 15, 4:30 pm
Premiere of Oseh Shalom, Greenwich, CT
Premiere of Gerald Cohen’s Oseh Shalom, composed in honor of the Centennial of Temple Shalom in Greenwich, and performed by Cantor Asa Fradkin and the Youth Choir of the synagogue, with the composer at the piano.
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Wednesday, May 4, 6:00 pm
Excerpts from Steal a Pencil for Me at Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers Festival
Excerpts from Gerald Cohen’s Steal a Pencil for Me (libretto by Deborah Brevoort) will be performed by artists from the 2016 Fort Worth Opera Festival as part of the week-long Frontiers Festival, which features the work of eight selected composer/librettist teams. Kahn Auditorium, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX.
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Sunday, April 24, 2:00 pm
Premiere of excerpts of Voyagers at Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Premiere of the 1st movement of Gerald Cohen’s Voyagers, a tribute to the Voyager Spacecraft and the music of the “Golden Record” that accompanies the spacecraft on their interstellar mission. Performed at the Planetarium of the museum by clarinetist Vasko Dukovski and the Cassatt String Quartet, with accompanying astronomical visualizations. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY.
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More info about Voyagers and its presentation at the Hayden Planetarium and other Planetariums

Saturday, April 16, 9:00 pm
Classical Café: Chamber Music of Gerald Cohen, Scarsdale, NY
Gerald Cohen’s Variously Blue and Yedid Nefesh, from the album SEA OF REEDS, will be performed at the “Classical Café” concert at Shaarei Tikvah Congregation. Performers include Sarah Adams, viola; Jennifer Choi, violin; Vasko Dukovski, clarinet; Alexandra Joan, piano. Shaarei Tikvah, 46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale, NY.
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Sunday, April 3, 2:30 pm
Performance of Dayeinu at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Gerald Cohen’s Dayeinu will be performed by the 400-voice HaZamir: the International Jewish High School Choir, with the composer at the piano, in their 2016 Gala Concert.
At Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium), 57th St. and 7th Ave., Manhattan.
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2015

Saturday, December 12 through Friday, December 18
Performance of Adonai Ro’i as part of University of Chicago Motet Choir’s East Coast Tour
The University of Chicago Motet Choir, James Kallembach, conductor, will perform Gerald Cohen’s Adonai Roi, on six concerts in the December 2015 tour. Concert will take place in Carnegie, PA; Washington, DC; Philadelphia, Boston, and New York. For details, see information at the link below.
http://motet.uchicago.edu/tour.shtml

Sunday, December 13, 7:30 pm
Performance of L’dor Vador, Merkin Concert Hall
Zamir Chorale and Zamir Noded, Matthew Lazar, conductor, perform Gerald Cohen’s L’dor Vador as part of their concert of American and Israeli choral music. Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan.
http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/zamir-chorale-and-zamir-noded1/

Sunday, June 14, 3:00 pm
Performance of L’dor Vador, ChoralFest USA 2015
The Zamir Chorale, conducted by Matthew Lazar, perform my L’dor Vador as part of ChoralFest USA, a celebration of American choral music. Symphony Space, Broadway and 95th Street, Manhattan. FREE admission.
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Sunday, May 31, 3:00 pm
Excerpts of Steal a Pencil for Me at the Center for Jewish History, New York
Excerpts of my opera Steal a Pencil for Me will be performed as part of the concert “Music in our Time”, a presentation of the American Society for Jewish Music.  Sung by Robert Balonek, Ilana Davidson, Nikhil Navkal, Toby Newman and Ricardo Rivera, with Stanislaw Fridman, piano.  The concert will also include music by Irving Fine, Osvaldo Golijov, Laura Kaminsky, Richard Neumann, and Remy Yulzari.
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Sunday, May 31, 2:00 pm
Performance of Sea of Reeds, Lanconia, NH
Sea of Reeds, for two clarinets and piano, performed by Nicholas Graham and Matthew M. Marsit, clarinet; Scott Smedinghoff, piano. Taylor Community Sunday Chamber Music Series, Lanconia, NH.

Sun, May 17 4:00 pm
Performance of Variously Blue, Tribeca New Music Festival
Variously Blue, for clarinet, violin and piano, performed by Vasko Dukovski, Jennifer Choi, and Alexandra Joan. This concert also features other new and recent works for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano by Rick Baitz, Kevin Eppich, Phillip Golub, David Rakowski, and Jacob TV. The Cell, 338 W 23rd St, New York, NY.
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Sunday, May 17, 2:00 pm
Performance of Sea of Reeds, Hanover, NH
Sea of Reeds, for two clarinets and piano, performed by Nicholas Graham and Matthew M. Marsit, clarinet; Scott Smedinghoff, piano. Rollins Chapel, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. Sponsored by Vaughan Recital Series
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Saturday, April 25, 9:00 pm
You and the night and the music: A Jazz concert
The fantastic jazz trumpet player John Snieder will be playing with his band at Shaarei Tikvah in Scarsdale, and I will have the great joy of singing with him: several of my compositions, and some jazz standards.  The concert will begin at 9 p.m., and include wine, cheese and dessert with admission.
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SEA OF REEDS FEATURED ON PERFORMANCE TODAY
APM’s nationally syndicated program Performance Today featured the performance of Gerald Cohen’s Sea of Reeds from the November 2014 concert at Le Poisson Rouge.
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Thursday, March 26, 7:00 pm
Cafe Shirah, A Cantorial Cabaret
Annual concert presented by the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary, this year given in honor of Cantor Gerald Cohen.  Cantor Cohen, and students and faculty of the School, will perform in an informal and lively concert.  Proceeds for the concert will benefit HaZamir (see event below!).  At the Jewish Theological Seminary.
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Sunday, March 22, 4:00 pm
Premiere of L’dor Vador, Avery Fisher Hall
Premiere performance by HaZamir, the International Jewish High School Choir, of Gerald Cohen’s L’dor Vador. Conducted by Matthew Lazar. Commissioned by the Cantors Assembly for Hazamir. At Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY.
View video of L’dor Vador from the premiere performance

Sunday, March 8, 9:30 am
Presenter, “Art of Healing” conference
Presenter at conference on “The Art of Healing” at the Jewish Theological Seminary, a day of learning to explore the integration of art into pastoral care.  At the Jewish Theological Seminary.
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Monday, February 2, 7:00 pm
Performance of Playing for our lives
The Cassatt String Quartet performs Gerald Cohen’s Playing for our lives, a piece commissioned by them: a tribute to the musicians and music of the Terezin concentration camp. Also with vocal performances by Gerald Cohen. Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, Midland TX.
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2014

Saturday, November 22, 7:30 pm
Saint Mark’s Gospel
A solo performance by Christopher Johnson of the Gospel according to St. Mark. Featuring music from Gerald Cohen’s CD: SEA OF REEDS
St Paul’s Church, 199 Carroll Street, Brooklyn NY
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/893559

Saturday, November 15, 7:30 pm
Concert: Night of Music and Joy
Concert of more than 20 of Westchester’s Cantors, will feature several of Gerald Cohen‘s compositions, Temple Israel, 1000 Pinebrook Boulevard, New Rochelle, NY 10804
http://www.wjcouncil.org/

Tuesday, November 11, 7:00 pm
CD Release concert at Le Poisson Rouge to celebrate release of SEA OF REEDS
Concert at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street in Manhattan. Featuring Vasko Dukovski, Alexandra Joan, Ismail Lumanovski, Jennifer Choi
http://lepoissonrouge.com/lpr_events/gerald-cohen-sea-of-reeds-november-11th/

Monday, May 13,  Lexington, VA
Residency on “Music and the Sacred” and presentation of compositions at Washington and Lee University

Sunday, May 4,  7:30 pm, Hastings on Hudson, NY
Performance of Uvtuvo M’chadesh for SATB chorus, viola and piano
Commissioned by Temple Beth Shalom

Friday, March 21, 7:30 pm, Ridgefield, CT
Residency at Temple Shearith Israel: Performance of several compositions as part of Shabbat service, and discussion and excerpts of opera Steal a Pencil for Me.

Friday, January 31, 7:30 pm, Hastings on Hudson, NY
World Premiere of Uvtuvo M’chadesh for SATB chorus, viola and piano
Commissioned by Temple Beth Shalom, as part of their Shabbat Shirah—Sabbath of Song program
http://www.tbshastings.org/programs/shabbat-shirah-sabbath-song
Temple Beth Shalom, 740 North Broadway Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 

Sunday, January 26, 3:00 pm, North Bethesda, MD
Performance of Yedid Nefesh, for clarinet, viola, and piano
Performed by Rob Patterson, clarinet;  Maria Lambros, viola; Audrey Andrist, piano.
http://www.strathmore.org/eventstickets/calendar/view.asp?id=9715
The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD

Thursday, January 16, 7:30 pm, New York, NY
Showcase performance of excerpts from the opera Steal a Pencil for Me
Presentation of excerpts of this new opera in two acts (music by Gerald Cohen, libretto by Deborah Brevoort), based on the wartime love story of Holocaust survivors Jaap and Ina Polak.  Note: tickets are very limited for this event.  Please contact Gerald Cohen for ticket information.
www.stealapencilopera.com
National Opera Center, at Opera America, 330 Seventh Avenue, at 29th Street, New York City

2013

Saturday, December 7, 8:00 pm, Mt Kisco, NY
World Premiere of new arrangement of Three Songs, for voice, violin, cello and piano
Commissioned by Bet Torah; on a concert by the Duke Piano Trio, also including works of Haydn, Schoenfield and Shostakovich
http://www.bettorah.org/index.aspx
Bet Torah, 60 Smith Ave., Mt Kisco, NY

Sunday, June 2, 3 pm, New York, NY
Performance of Grneta Variations, for two clarinets and piano, by the Grneta Ensemble; as part of the American Society for Jewish Music’s concert Music in Our Time. Center for Jewish History 15 West 16th Street New York, NY.

Friday, May 31, 7:30 pm Rye, NY
Performance of Playing for our lives, for string quartet; as part of a concert by the Cassatt String Quartet. Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, 2125 Westchester Ave. East, Rye, NY.

Tuesday, May 22, 7:30 pm, New York, NY
Convention of the Cantors Assembly
Premiere of new arrangement for women’s chorus of Adonai Ro’i, as part of a concert celebrating the Women of the Cantorate; Park Avenue Synagogue, 50 East 87th Street, New York, NY.

Sunday, April 28, 2013, 3:00 pm, Scarsdale, NY
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 7:00 pm, New York, NY
Premiere of Steal a Pencil for Me, a new opera in two acts
Premiere (In concert form) of the opera Steal a Pencil for Me, with libretto by Deborah Brevoort. The opera is a love story, set in the Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, and based on the lives of Dutch survivors Jaap and Ina Polak.
Read about this opera
Learn more about the story of the Polaks

2012

Thursday December 6, 7:30 p.m., Symphony Space, New York, NY
Performance of Playing for our lives, written for the Cassatt String Quartet, at their concert “From a Vanished World”. The composition is a memorial to the musicians and music that were an essential part of the fabric of the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia during World War II.
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Saturday, December 1, 7:30 p.m., Piscataway, NJ
Performance of Lakol Z’man – For Everything a Season by the Cantabile Chamber Chorale, Rebecca Scott, cond., as part of their Silver Jubilee concert.  Christ United Methodist Church, 485 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ.

Sunday, April 22, 3 p.m., Scarsdale, NY
Tuesday April 24, 6 p.m., New York, NY
Two performances by the Cassatt String Quartet of Playing for our lives for string quartet
••The performance on April 22, 3 p.m. at Shaarei Tikvah 46 Fox Meadow Road in Scarsdale, is part of a concert commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day, and includes music written at Terezin, and an interview with Dutch survivors Jack and Ina Polak.
••The performance on April 24, 6 p.m. at the Feinberg Auditorium of the Jewish Theological Seminary 3080 Broadway (122nd Street), New York, NY, is part of a concert of music by the composers on the faculty of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at JTS. 

Wednesday, April 11, 8:30 p.m., Ankara, Turkey
Performance of Grneta Variations and Five Hebrew Songs, both for clarinet duo and piano, as part of the concert “Eastern Madness” With the Grneta Ensemble: pianist Alexandra Joan and clarinetists Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski.  29th International Ankara Music Festival, Ankara, Turkey. 

Saturday, February 4, 5:30 p.m. New York, NY
World Premiere of Playing for our lives for string quartet, written for the Cassatt String Quartet; performed by them as part of the Music of Now Marathon at Symphony Space in NYC.  The composition is a memorial to the musicians and music that were an essential part of the fabric of the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia during World War II.
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY

Wednesday, January 18, 7:30 p.m. New York, NY
New York City premiere of  Yedid Nefesh, for clarinet, viola and piano, at a concert of the Kaleidoscope Series at the WMP Concert Hall. Performed by Vasko Dukovski, clarinet; Maria Lambros, viola, and Alexandra Joan, piano.  These performers have recently recorded this composition for a CD to be released in 2014.

2011 Performances

2010 Performances

2009 Performances

2008 Performances