The World Premiere performances of Judith Shatin’s Vayter un Vayter (Further and Further) for bass singer, clarinet, cello and piano will be performed by the Stony Brook University Contemporary Chamber Players on Thursday, November 15 – 8:00 PM in the Staller Center Recital Hall on the campus of Stony Brook University in Stony Brook on Long Island and on Friday, November 16 – 7:30 PM at the Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway in New York City.

Vayter un Vayter is a setting of three Yiddish poems by Abraham Sutzkever. The poems include Es Klopn di Shleyfn (My Head is Throbbing), Shpiltsayg (Playthings) and Ver Vet Blaybn (What Remains?). The first is a poem about good and evil; the second a message from father to daughter and the third is a reflection on faith and eternity. The title is drawn from the first poem, and speaks to how Sutzkever draws one further and further into his world, that of the Yiddish-speaking community of Eastern Europe prior to World War II.

Other works on the program include Mark Gustavson’s Turning for bass clarinet, percussion, piano and bass, Alex Temple’s World, for percussion and electronics and Du Yun’s Keep Something Broken for chamber octet.

Called “a small army of musicians who demonstrate consistent accomplishment” by The New York Times, the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, under the direction of Eduardo Leandro, will present this 25th Annual Premieres concert of works written especially for the occasion by guest composers.

The November 15 concert is free and open to the public and free tickets for the November 16 event will be available at the Nimoy Thalia box office. For more information, call 631-632-7330 or visit

Ravello Records has reissued Judith Shatin’s acclaimed CD Piping the Earth – Her music can also be heard on the Grammy-nominated Innova Records release, Tower of the Eight Winds,( and the Hexagon Ensemble’s Dutch Connection CD on Etcetera, with more on the Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at

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