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Atar Trio performs at Spertus Institute

Atar Trio performs at Spertus Institute

Jerusalem's ATAR TRIO brings adventurous interpretations
of Israeli, Russian, and Arabic music to
Chicago's Spertus Institute

(CHICAGO) The Atar Trio is an Israeli chamber ensemble known for bold and creative musical projects. On Sunday, April 2 at 2 pm, Chicagoans will have an opportunity to hear them perform musical works from around the globe, including original arrangements of classic compositions by Leonard Bernstein, Ernest Bloch, and Aaron Copeland.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership presents the Atar Trio performance as its 2017 Spring Concert. Titled Legends of Jewish Music, the afternoon program will include the Chicago premiere of a new work by Israeli composer Dikla Baniel, reflecting the multiple lenses through which people of different faiths experience her hometown of Jerusalem. The piece, written for piano, violin, cello, and smartphone, includes sounds of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim prayer.

Other works include Bloch’s mysterious Three Nocturnes for Piano Trio; Aaron Copland’s Hoe-Down; Yitzhak Yedid's Suite for Arabic Violin, Cello, and Piano, based on Jewish melodies from Syria; Joseph Achron’s Hebrew Melody; Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67/Allegretto; and Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite.

Spertus Institute Assistant Dean Beth Schenker, who made the concert’s arrangements, said “Spertus Institute has enjoyed bringing a variety of exciting music to our Chicago audience members over the years. When presented with the possibility of featuring the Atar Trio, an ensemble from Israel that does accomplished and creative work, I enthusiastically seized the opportunity.”

The Atar Trio was established in 1996 in Jerusalem by graduates of the Rubin Music Academy. As one of Israel's leading ensembles, the trio — pianist Ofer Shelley, violinist Tanya Beltser, and cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper — is regularly invited to perform in chamber music series and festivals, give master classes, and take part in programs in Israel, Europe, and the US. Recent tours have taken them to Italy, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Germany.

Concert tickets are $18, discounted to $8 for students. Advance tickets — which are recommended — can be purchased online at or by phone at 312.322.1773.

Spertus Institute is located at 610 S. Michigan Avenue. Discount parking is available for $8 at Grant Park South Garage with Spertus validation.

This concert is part of the Solomon Goldman Program Series, generously endowed by the late Rose and Sidney Shure. The Clare is the concert’s program sponsor. 

Photo by Yaniv Druker

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Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. Graduate programs and workshops train future leaders and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Public programs —including films, speakers, seminars, and concerts — take place at the Institute's Michigan Avenue facility, in the Chicago suburbs, and online. For more information, please visit

Spertus Institute is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

This concert is part of the Solomon Goldman Program Series, generously endowed by the late Rose and Sidney Shure. 

Thank you to our Sponsor:

The Clare