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IdentitiesSunday, May 11, 2014 3:00 pm
Spertus Institute was proud to be a sponsor of Chicago Sinfonietta’s Identities, a musical juxtaposition between the Silk Road-connected cultures of Eastern European Jews and the Chinese. Conducted by Music Director Mei Ann Chen, the performance features gypsy/jazz-tinged Klezmer music followed by lush, lyrical sounds of the guzheng, a Chinese folk instrument.
Guest artists included Chicago’s own acclaimed Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and guzheng virtuoso Su Chang.
These performances featured two Klezmer works by award-winning Russian-born composer Ilya Levinson, who teaches at Columbia College Chicago. Dr. Levinson is music director and co-founder of the New Budapest Orpheum Society, an ensemble-in-residence at The University of Chicago that specializes in music of the Jewish Cabaret.
LEVINSON: Selections from Shtetl Scenes
LEVINSON: Klezmer Rhapsody
SHAPIRO/CHENG: Identity: Zhongshang Zhuang
ENESCU: Romanian Rhapsody No. 1