Jewish Music & Poetry Project





 

 

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2016/17 Season

As of Fall 2015, the JMPP has rebranded and is now a major project of Ensemble for These Times (E4TT).  Please visit E4TT's website for current concert listings.

 

PAST PERFORMANCES: 

June 26-June 28, 2016 

Krakow Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland: Celebrating the release of Surviving: Women's Words with works by Galician and Polish poets.

Sunday June 26: Galicia Jewish Museum, Jewish Music & Poetry Project in Concert

Music by David Garner to poetry by Yala Korwin and Mascha Kaleko; Songs by John Harbison to poetry by Czeslaw Milosz; World premiere of a new commission by recent Music Academy Krakow graduate, composer Martyna Kosecka; Polish premiere of piano works by Josima Feldschuh (1929-42) and Lajos Delej (1923-1945).  Post-concert discussion by University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr.Teryl Dobbs 

Monday, June 27: JCC Krakow, Lecture-Recital, 

Music and the Diaspora: Three Luminous Lives...  with Dr. Teryl Dobbs 

Tuesday, June 28: JCC Krakow, workshops/ masterclass

 

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

Trinity Chamber Concerts, 2320 Dana St., Berkeley

"Women's Love and Loss"

Celebrating the release of Surviving: Women's Words  on Centaur Records with selections from the new CD, plus 3 new commissions by Emma Logan ("Songs from the Book of Light"), Judith Shatin ("A Line-Storm Song"), and Martha Stoddard ("Hurt Hawks"), plus works by Melinda Wagner and Sarah Kirkland Snyder. Judith Shatin's commission co-sponsored by a grant from the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles and the concert is supported by a grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation Community Arts program.

$20/$15 No one turned away for lack of funds

MORE INFO 

Ticket Reservations: 510-549-3864

 

Thursday, June 2, 2016, 12:00 p.m.

Cafe Europa

Newly discovered piano work by Lajos Delej; Lowell Songs by Frederic Sharaf. Plus Tour Preview and New CD!

 

Wednesday, May 31, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

CD Release Concert 

Noontime Concerts, Old St. Mary's Cathedral, 660 California St., SF 

Nanette McGuinness, Laura Gaynon, Dale Tsang 

 

Monday, April 4, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., SF

David Garner, Faculty Artist Series,

Mein blaues Klavier, texts by Else Lasker-Schueler

Nanette McGuinness, Dale Tsang, Laura Gaynon

For those who can't come, watch the concert via livestream

 

 

Monday, November 2, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

JCC Peninsula, 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City. See a map.

Lecture/recital on artistic collaboration for the JCC Peninula's Food for Thought series. With Garner, McGuinness, & Tsang.

Part of an exhibition of poetry and art by Marcia Falk

MORE INFO or call 650-212-PJCC

Free to PJCC Members/ $4 for non-members

 

Sunday, November 8, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City. See a map.

Celebrating PJCC Gallery artist Marcia Falk with  Winter Solstice Songs (2013), the setting of 3 of her poems by Elena Ruehr for the JMPP, along with Kay Ryan Songs (2014) by Laura Schwendinger, Capriccio for cello and piano by David Garner, Duo by Miklos Rosza, folk settings (in Hungarian) by Bartok and piano solos by Elena Ruehr and Melinda Wagner

 McGuinness, Tsang, and cellist Laura Gaynon

MORE INFO or call 650-212-PJCC.

 Admission free

  


Thursday, October 29,  2015,12:00 p.m. Oakland

Laney College Music Department, Room G189, 900 Fallon St., Oakland

New Music by Bay Area/ U.S. composers: John Reager, Sarah Kirkland Snyder, Elena Ruehr, Laura Schwendinger. Melinda Wagner, and David Garner

Admission Free

 




Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:00 p.m., Berkeley

Berkeley Public Library, Claremont Branch, 2940 Benvenue.  Free 

Focus on the Cello:

World premiere: Op. 155, Three Songs by William Ludtke, texts by Marcia Falk, for voice and cello

New arrangement for the JMPP: Wedding Song by Judith Shatin, words by Christopher Marlowe

Air for Cello and Piano by Sandor Vandor; Scherzo by Lajos Delej, and more; with Falk and Ludtke. 

 

 

Saturday, April 19, 2015, 8:00 p.m., San Francisco

Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St., SF  Tickets $15/ 10 (available at the door)

World premieres:

Mein blaues klavier by David Garner; texts by Else Lasker-Schueler

Beautiful Wonder by Kurt Erickson, text by Gertrud Kolmar 

U.S. premiere:Scherzo by Lajos Delej

Music by Gabrela Lena Frank, Heather Schmidt, Sandor Vandor, and Elena Ruehr, and Judith Shatin. Plus music by Laura Schwendinger.

Composer appearance/ Q&A

 

Sunday, March 15, 2015,12:30 p.m. (approx.), San Francisco

Hot Air Festival, Sol Joseph Recital Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St. SF. Free.

Selections from Phoenix by David Garner

The JMPP is part of a great line-up of cutting-edge new music that starts at 10. Come early.... stay late!  

 Canceled: the Festival will take place, but the JMPP appearance is canceled due to illness.

 

 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Berkeley, CA

Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste St. , Berkeley, 

"Waltzing the Spheres," by James Primosch 

Unvergaenglichkeit by Erich Korngold

  

Friday, November 14, 2014, 7:00 p.m. San Francisco, CA

Join Nanette, Dale, and Adaiha for a program of music by Dallapiccola, Hindemith, Sandor, and Garner.

 405 Shrader (Shrader at Oak): Aperitif Concerts for the Neighborhood.

NOTE: Seating is very limited and reservations are required.  Email to RSVP: 405shrader@gmail.com

 

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7:30 p.m., San Francisco

World premieres of two fabulous new pieces:

1) A new song cycle for soprano, cello, and piano by the first composer to win the American Academy in Berlin Prize, 2009 Guggenheim Fellow Laura Elise Schwendinger, written for the JMPP to texts by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Kay Ryan,

2) David Garner's Capriccio for cello and piano, an exciting and virtuosic work, the scond one employing his original compositional method of Tonal Serialism, developed for his  String Quartet No. 2.  

The program will also include works by Hindemith, Dallapiccola, Elena Ruehr, and Sandor Vandor.

SF Music Thursdays at the Center for New Music (sponsored by SFFCM).  $15/10.

 

 

September 29-October 4, 2014 Hungary

 
Music and/ or poetry by American and Hungarian Jewish composers and poets.  Part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days. Performances in Pecs, Kalocsa, Budapest, and Tokaj. Classes/ Workshops in Pecs and Budapest.
 

 

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00 p.m. San Francisco

A preview concert of our upcoming tour repertory, with music by Sandor Vandor, Gyorgy Justus, Elena Ruehr, David Garner, and more!

First Congregational Church, 1300 Polk St. 

 

 

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, 12:30 p.m., Berkeley, CA

Cafe Europa: Music by Sandor Vandor, Gyorgy Justus, Joseph Kosma, David Garner, George Gershwin, and Elena Ruehr

 

 *This concert made possible in part by the Puffin Foundation.

 

March 29, 2014, 8:00 p.m., Berkeley, CA

 Trinity Chamber Concerts, 2320 Dana St.,Berkeley.*

World premieres of new commissions--"Winter Solstice Songs" by Elena Ruehr, with texts by Berkeley poet Marcia Falk, and "Such Innocent Words" (music by David Garner and texts by Yala Korwin) , a new arrangement for the JMPP by Roth Lomon,  two new Rose Auslaender songs for Phoenix ,and music by Vitezslava Kapralova, Miklos Rozsa, and Gyorgy Justus.

Advance tickets 

 *Funding for this concert has been made possible in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation Community Arts Program, the Puffin Foundation, and generous support from individuals.

 

 

February 24, 2014, 1:00 p.m., Berkeley, CA

 Preview of "Song is a Memory" (working title) with texts by Yala Korwin and music by David Garner,

Etude Club of Berkeley, Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA. 

 

January 8, 2014, 10 a.m., Berkeley, CA

Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste St., Berkeley, CA 

Preview of David Garner's newest 2 songs for the JMPP by Rose Auslander, plus music by Kurt Erickson.

 

October 17, 2013, 12:00 p.m., Berkeley, CA

Cafe  Europa: Music by Zemlinsky, Kapralova, Sandor Vandor, Gyorgy Justus, Joseph Kosma, George Gershwin, and Harold Arlen 

 

Sept. 10, 2013, 12:30 p.m. San Francisco, CA

Noontime Concerts, Old St. Mary's Cathedral, 660 California St., SF 

Music by Mendelssohn (Cello Sonata), Zemlinsky (songs),  Gershwin (piano solos) and more.

 

May 19, 2013, 3:00 p.m., San Jose, CA

 Season Finale!

New, Forbidden, and Forgotten:

David Garner's new song cycle Phoenix, with texts by Austrian/ Romanian Jewish poet Rose Auslaender (1901-1988), Annettes Lieder, Chanson fuer Morgen, and Holocaust composer Edwin Geist's Drei Litauische Lieder.*

Music by Kapralova, Lomon, Zemlinsky, Ruehr, and Gabriela Lena Frank.

with cello 

*Edwin Geist's music performed with the kind permission and generosity of his neice, Rosian Zerner. 

      

A designated national chamber music month event. 

April 22, 2013, 8:00 p.m., San Francisco, CA    

Faculty Artist Series at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA.

The JMPP joins the Ishtar Project (mezzo-soprano Crystal Philippi),the Persian Melody Project (soprano Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai), mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook, and pianist Kristin Pankonin, in a performance of the latest music by David Garner.

 **Edwin Geist's music performed with the kind permission and generosity of his neice, Rosian Zerner. 

  

April 5, 2013, 8:00 p.m. San Francisco, CA

World premiere of David Garner's brand new song cycle Phoenix, with texts by Austrian/ Romanian Jewish poet Rose Auslaender (1901-1988) and West Coast premiere of Holocaust composer Edwin Geist's Drei Litauische Lieder. * Elena Ruehr's Prelude #3.  Gabriela Lena Frank's Barcarola Latinoamericana. Vitezslava Kapralova's Grotesque Passacaglia. Osvaldo Golijov's Zz's Dream. 

 

Edwin Geist's music performed with the kind permission and generosity of his neice, Rosian Zerner.
Edwin Geist's music performed with the kind permission and generosity of his neice, Rosian Zerner.

February 25, 2013 1:00 p.m., Berkeley, CA

Preview of "Phoenix," with texts by Ukranian-Romaninan poet Rose Auslaender and music by David Garner, and of Edwin Geist's "Dynamik des Fruehlings."  Etude Club of Berkeley, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA. Performers: Nanette McGuinness, soprano, and Dale Tsang-Hall, piano. 

 

December 9, 2012, 3:00 p.m., Berkeley, CA

Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave., Berkeley, CA

Fresh from their success in Berlin, the JMPP are back at the BAF by popular demand, performing new music with texts by Jewish women poets, as well as forbidden music--music by composers banned--or worse--by the Nazis in the '30s and '40s. 

The program will include more music by David Garner, to poems by Rose Aulaender, Mascha Kaleko,  and Annette von Droste-Huelshoff, as well as songs by Arnold Schoenberg, Edwin Geist* (1902-1942), Vitezslawa Kapralova (1915-1940), Pavel Haas (1899-1944), Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942) and piano music by Garner and Erich Korngold.

 For tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/285851 

 

Edwin Geist's music performed with the kind permission and generosity of his neice, Rosian Zerner.

October 21, 2012, 20:00, Berlin, Germany 

A KALEKO ABEND produced by the Juedische Gemeinde, in Berlin, Germany, with German singer-actress Adelheid Kleineidam, composer-musician Ursula Kurze, and Nanette McGuinness/ Dale Tsang-Hall.  We will be performing David Garner's In Dieser Zeit, with texts by Mascha Kaleko .  At the Lichtburg Forum.

October 3, 10:00 a.m., Berkeley, CA

Berkeley Piano Club, 2724 Haste St., Berkeley, CA 

Hear David Garner's Chanson fuer Morgen (formerly In dieser Zeit), just before Nanette and Dale head off to perform it in Berlin.  Includes a preview of the Kaleko song that will be premiered in Berlin.

 

August 8, 2012, 8 p.m., Berkeley, CA

Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Ave., Berkeley, CA

Music by David Garner to texts by women poets, piano and vocal music by Elena Ruehr, Bruce Nalezny, and a song by Holocaust composer Edwin Geist.

 

May 16, 2012, 6:30 p.m., San Francisco, CA

A reception and concert at the German Consulate of two song cycles by David Garner with texts by German women poets, Mascha Kaleko and Annette von Droste-Hulshoff: In Dieser Zeit, for soprano and piano, and Annettes Lieder, for soprano, cello, and piano.  Musicians: Nanette McGuinness, soprano, Adaiha Macadam-Somer, and Dale Tsang-Hall, piano.

 

April 23, 2012, 12:30 p.m. Berkeley, CA

Music by David Garner to texts by women poets, at the Etude Club of Berkeley, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley, CA. Performers: Nanette McGuinness, soprano, Adaiha Macadam-Somer, cello, and Dale Tsang-Hall, piano. 

 

April 2, 2011, 8:00 p.m., Berkeley, CA   

Trinity Chamber Concerts, 2320 Dana St. 

New Music by the Bay: a program of new music by Bay Area composers David Garner, David Conte, John Bilotta, Gordon Getty, and John Adams.

Featuring the premiere of David Garner 's In Dieser Zeit, to seven poems by Mascha Kaleko, supported in part by a generous grant from the East Bay Community Fund and co-produced by the Jewish Music Festival.

Performers: Nanette McGuinness, soprano and Kristin Pankonin, piano 

 

October 24, 2010, 2 p.m. San Francisco, CA

"Betty Wong and Friends": a fund raiser for Betty Wong and also In Dieser Zeit and the challenge grant from the East Bay Community Fund, at the Community Music Center, Richmond Branch, 741 30th St. at Balboa

  

October 17, 2010, 3.p.m., Berkeley, CA

Music by modern American and English composers: a benefit concert for In Dieser Zeit and the challenge grant from the East Bay Community Fund.

With works by John Bilotta, Benjamin Britten, David Garner, and WIlliam Ludtke.  Performers:  William Ludtke and Kristin Pankonin, piano, Michael Jones, violin, Nanette McGuinness, soprano, at Concerts at the Org,  2601 Durant Ave.

 

October 15, 2010, 8 p.m., San Francisco, CA

"Sounds of Justice" with tenor Abraham Aviles-Scott and pianist Betty Wong.  Includes music by Garner, Verdi, and others. A benefit fundraiser for several causes, including In dieser Zeit and the the challenge grant from the East Bay Community Fund, at the Community Music Center, 544 Capp St.

 

April 26, 2010 12:30 p.m., Berkeley, CA

Music by Cavalli and Garner.  Nanette McGuinness, soprano, with Kristin Pankonin, piano, at the Etude Club of Berkeley, 2286 Cedar St.

 

May 18, 2007, 7:30 p.m., Berkeley, CA

Music by Ludtke and Garner.  The original inspiration for the Kaleko Project (now The Jewish Music & Poetry Project) and In Dieser Zeit  Musicians: Nanette McGuinness, soprano; William Ludtke and Kristin Pankonin, piano; Martha Stoddard, flute; I Gatti Freschi, trio