Pianist Jose R. Lopez

Judith Shatin’s Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi will be presented by pianist Jose R. Lopez on Wednesday, April 2 at 7:30 PM at Riverside Recital Hall on the campus of University of Iowa in Iowa City. The event is sponsored by the UI School of Music.

The composer writes, “Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi was inspired by the folk song Eliahu HaNavi (Elijah the Prophet), often sung during the closing service of the Jewish Sabbath. The letters of “Chai,” which means “life” or “living” in Hebrew, symbolically stand for the number 18; hence, 18 variations. I decided to give the performer a choice regarding the ordering of the variations as a reflection of my sense of performance as a collaboration between performer and composer (and, for that matter, listener)… It has been recorded by Mary Kathleen Ernst, a major champion of contemporary music, for the Innova label.” Read her complete notes at http://judithshatin.com/chai-variations-on-eliahu-hanavi/.

Other composers on the program include Beethoven, Fanny Hensel and Charles Alkan.

For more information, call 319–335–1603 or visit http://arts.uiowa.edu/ui-school-music-presents-jose-raul-lopez-piano.

Visit Jose Lopez at http://joselopezpiano.com/.

Innova Records will issue Judith Shatin’s Time to Burn (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn) CD this Spring, with a combination of chamber and electroacoustic music performed by the Cassatt Quartet, violist James Dunham, pianist Margaret Kampmeier and others. The debut recording of her Chai Variations by pianist Mary Kathleen Ernst on the CD Keeping Time is now also available from Innova – https://www.innova.mu/albums/mary-kathleen-ernst/keeping-time. Her music can also be heard on the Ravello, Etcetera, 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 http://www.judithshatin.com.

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