CROSS ISLAND – Clarinetist Joseph Rutkowski, Jr., cellist Suzanne Mueller, and pianist Elinor Abrams Zayas – present an evening of music by Jewish composers at Bnai Israel Reform Temple, 67 Oakdale-Bohemia Road, Oakdale, NY 11769.
This program covers a wide array of music, exploring the diversity of music in this category, and includes music by contemporary composers including Leo Kraft, Kalmen Opperman, Paul Schonfield, Alex Shapiro, and Mira Warshauer:
We open with Jacques Offenbach’s beloved barcarolle, O Belle Nuit, from Les Contes d’Hoffmann.
Then, Suzanne and Joe switch up the mood with Ruth Schonthal’s dramatic yet playful Tango for Two.
Then, Joe flies solo on Leo Kraft’s New Songs for Old.
Next, it’s Suzanne’s turn to solo – on Kalmen Opperman’s beautiful Un Seul, in a transcription by Thomas Piercy.
Then, Suzanne and Ellie join forces for Edwin Finckel’s Willow Variations (built upon Willow Weep for Me, by Ann Ronell) .
Then, the trio regroups for Alex Shapiro’s beautiful trio, Elegiac.
Next, Suzanne and Ellie play Suzanne’s cello transcription of the fourth movement of Erwin Schulhoff’s jazzy Hot Sonate.
We finish out the pre-intermission set with two works by George Gershwin: First, Ellie’s rendition of the moody, atmospheric Prelude No. 2; then, a trio setting of I Got Rhythm.
After intermission, things re-start with Suzanne’s trio arrangement of Ernest Bloch’s Prayer, from his collection,” Jewish Life.
Then, staying in the traditional vein, Joe and Ellie perform Gzregorz Fitelberg’s The Wedding, from his Four Pieces in Klezmer Style.
Then, the trio plays the slinky second movement of Paul Schonfield’s Cafe Music.
Next, Joe and Suzanne join forces again, for three selections from Morton Gould’s Benny’s Gig.
Then, Suzanne and Ellie perform Meira Warshauer’s breathtaking Bracha, in a cello/piano transcription created in collabration with the composer this year.
Then, for another taste of the familiar, Joe and Ellie play Leonard Bernstein’s One Hand, One Heart, from West Side Story.
And the program ends with Melodie et Danse Hebraique, a trio by Arkadie Kouguell
(We’ve got one more short, sweet “bonus track” waiting for the audience, if they’re so inclined, but we’ll keep that to ourselves for now. ;-D)
There will also be a drawing for a copy of CROSS ISLAND’s 2010 cd, EXPLORATIONS.
Reception to follow.
Tickets are $15. For more information call 631/563-1660 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.