Pianist Jose Lopez

Judith Shatin’s Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi will be presented by pianist Jose Lopez on Sunday, March 16 at 7:00 PM at Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Miami, Florida as part of their Living Artists Concert Series.

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 Mana-Zucca, Brahms and Victoria Bond.

Tickets are $25. For more information, call 305-235-1668 or visit http://www.deeringestate.org/pages/Living-Artist-Series-.aspx.

Pianist Jose Lopez has performed throughout the United States, Italy and Central and South America with orchestras, solo recitals, and chamber groups in concert halls and at Summer festivals such as the Music Festival of the Hamptons in New York and the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. Visit him 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. 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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