Yiddish Dreams and Futures With Derek David

Top Pick March 18, 2023 Cambridge $10.00
Derek David
Derek David (Courtesy photo)

The Boston Festival for New Jewish Music presents “Yiddish Dreams & Futures,” a portrait concert of composer Derek David featuring new vocal and chamber works that reflect upon Jewish identity and Yiddish culture in a contemporary landscape.

The concert, hosted by MIT Music & Theater Arts in Kresge Auditorium, will feature the full premiere of Derek’s clarinet quintet “Oh World, Goodnight” by Del Sol and Andrew Friedman, and the premiere of string quartet No. 4 “Kaddish” with Verona Quartet.

Vocal works will include a performance of four Yiddish folk songs featuring Nat Seelen and Abigale Reisman of Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band, pianist Renena Gutman and soprano Megan Jones, as well as choral works with A Besere Velt, the world’s largest Yiddish chorus.

Derek David is a composer, conductor and music educator based in Boston. His dramatic and vibrant chamber music has been performed in both Europe and the United States and has received great recognition from audiences and critics alike. Derek’s “String Quartet” (2011), described as “a true musical jewel of the 21st century,” has been met with international praise and repeated performances throughout the United States. Derek has been the recipient of the EAMA Nadia Boulanger Institute Prize (2011), the Morton Gould ASCAP Award (2011), first place in the 2015 American Prize in Composition–Chamber Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s New Art Song Competition. David was the recipient of the 2018 SFCM Hoefer Prize for his cumulative body of work from the past 10 years.

This project is supported by a grant from the Combined Jewish Philanthropies Arts & Culture Community Impact Grant Fund.

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Saturday, March 18, 2023, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Kresge Auditorium
48 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
$10.00 Suggested donation

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