Event: The Israeli Chamber Project at JTS, October 22, 2014

In Our Community
“The Israeli Chamber Project is that rarest of creatures: a band of world-class soloists that is not a muster of peacocks, but a hive mind in which egos dissolve and players think, breathe, and play as one.” —Time Out New York

The Israeli Chamber Project with Samuel Rhodes
ABOUT THE CONCERT

The artists of the award-winning Israeli Chamber Project are joined together by a common passion for music-making and the musical traditions of their native Israel. Acclaimed in performances around the world, they juxtapose music from the standard classical repertoire with music born in and influenced by Israeli and Jewish culture. Works of Mozart and Brahms bookend this program, which also features the New York premiere of celebrated Israeli composer Jonathan Keren’s Infracta, commissioned by the ICP, as well as Erwin Schulhoff’s energetic, folk-inspired Duo for Violin and Cello. The ensemble is joined by legendary violist Samuel Rhodes, who served as the Juilliard String Quartet’s violist for 44 seasons until his retirement in 2013.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

Israeli Chamber Project 
Founded in 2008, the Israeli Chamber Project (ICP) brings together some of today’s most distinguished musicians for chamber music concerts and educational and outreach programs. A dynamic ensemble that features classic and rarely heard chamber masterworks, as well as newly commissioned music from Israeli composers, ICP performs at major concert venues and lesser-known locations where chamber music concerts are rare. It provides educational programs—including master classes and lessons to underprivileged communities—and increases the audience’s understanding of and involvement with music by providing commentary from the stage. Based both in Israel and New York City, the Israeli Chamber Project was named the winner of the 2011 Israeli Ministry of Culture Outstanding Ensemble Award. Among the ensemble’s members are prizewinners at the Tchaikovsky International Competition, Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Avery Fisher Career Grant, and Gaspar Cassado Cello Competition.

Tibi Cziger (artistic director, clarinet)
Called an “exciting soloist” by the New York Times, Israeli clarinetist Tibi Cziger has performed in Israel, Korea, Europe, and the United States. He is the artistic director and cofounder of ICP, and has performed in numerous concerts, television and radio broadcasts, and festivals such as Marlboro, Musique en Brionnais, and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival.

Michal Korman (cello)
A Gaspar Cassado and George Enescu International Cello Competitions prize winner, cellist Michal Korman has performed as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, Tokyo Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Peru, and Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, and appeared in solo and chamber music recitals at Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls, as well as Israel’s major venues. Ms. Korman is a cofounding member of ICP, with which she tours annually.

Assaff Weisman (executive director, piano)
Pianist Assaff Weisman’s performances have taken him to some of the major venues of Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. These include Prague’s Rudolfinum, Beethovenhalle Bonn, the Hague’s Dr. Anton Philips Hall, and New York City’s Lincoln Center. A first-prize winner in the 2006 Iowa International Piano Competition, he has appeared as soloist with the Sioux City Symphony, American Chamber Orchestra, and Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra.

Carmit Zori (violin)
Israeli violinist Carmit Zori came to the United States at 15 to study with Ivan Galamian, Jaime Laredo, and Arnold Steinhardt at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. Today, she is the recipient of the Levintritt Foundation and Pro Musicis International awards, and the top prize in the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition.

with special guest artist

Samuel Rhodes (viola)
Samuel Rhodes was the violist of the celebrated Juilliard String Quartet for 44 seasons, and has been a member of The Juilliard School’s viola faculty for 46 years; he is currently department chair. Mr. Rhodes has participated in the Marlboro Festival since 1960, and is a faculty member of the Tanglewood Music Center.

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JTS Presents: The Israeli Chamber Project with Samuel Rhodes, an Evening of Chamber Music from The Juilliard School is the culmination of The Juilliard School’s fifth daylong residency of educational and inspirational performances and master classes at JTS, and the first of the 2014–2015 academic year. Through examination of Jewish culture and community within the arts, the residency—including this evening performance which is open to the public—incorporates music of composers of Jewish heritage, as well as compositions that highlight Jewish themes and traditions.

“These residencies and concerts by The Juilliard School are a significant step forward in our effort to make the creative arts a vital presence in the life and culture of The Jewish Theological Seminary. The JTS Arts Initiative, launched by Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen with the energetic and able support of our distinguished Arts Advisory Board, is already causing a stir with exciting new ventures such as this one with Juilliard—and there is much more to come.” —Dr. Alan Cooper, Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies and Provost, JTS

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The Juilliard School established this country’s standard for performing arts education in music (1905), adding dance (1951) and, as a founding member of Lincoln Center in 1968, drama. Currently more than 800 young artists from 44 states (plus Washington DC) and 46 foreign countries attend Juilliard.

The Jewish Theological Seminary serves North American Jewry by educating intellectual and spiritual leaders for Conservative Judaism and the vital religious center, training rabbis, cantors, scholars, educators, communal professionals, and lay activists who are inspired by our vision of Torah and dedicated to assisting in its realization.

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