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Continuing Evolution 2: Yiddish Folksong in Classical Music

Hosted By: YIVO

Join YIVO for a digital premiere performance of 5 new compositions engaging with Yiddish folksongs. The new works by composers Derek David, David Ludwig, Anthony Russell, Daniel Schlosberg, and Dan Shore, were commissioned by YIVO and will be presented alongside archival recordings of the folksongs that they are reimagining. Performances will be by members of the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program. These new works carry forward a trend which began with Joel Engel’s 1909 set of folksong arrangements and includes many works by composers of the Society for Jewish Folk Music as well as composers such as Maurice Ravel, Sergei Prokofiev, Stefan Wolpe, Frederic Rzewski, Julia Wolfe, and others. YIVO began contributing to this repertoire with the commission of 5 new works for a performance in Spring 2020 and continues to build on this legacy with this concert.

The Graduate Vocal Arts Program at Bard Conservatory is a unique Master of Music program in vocal arts. Created to prepare the young singer for the special challenges of pursuing a professional life in music in the 21st century, this two-year MM degree program balances a respect for established repertory and expressive techniques with the flexibility and curiosity needed to keep abreast of evolving musical ideas. Students work on operatic, art song, chamber music, and new music repertoire throughout the coursework of the program. Operatic repertoire is studied and performed throughout the curriculum and in fully staged productions at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. The program also includes a strong practical component, with seminars and classes on career skills led by some of the leading figures in arts management and administration.

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