The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary Presents an Evening of Chamber Music

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April 12, 2010, New York, NY

pianoThe Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary will present “Remembrance and Renewal: Chamber Music by German Jewish Composers” on Monday, May 10, at the Ceremonial Hall of the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Central Park West (at 64th Street) at 7:00 p.m.

The concert and concept, inspired by rare musical treasures from The Library’s collection, was developed by Dr. Tina Frühauf, editor at the International Center of Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale, the Graduate Center, City University of New York. The program is based upon manuscripts of compositions by Herbert Fromm, Heinrich Schalit, Hugo Chaim Adler, and Herman Berlinski. This concert also marks the 100th birthday of Berlinski, whose collection is housed at The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary.

While these composers were known primarily for their synagogue music, these particular works represent a connection to the secular world. The compositions reflect the complex and changing identities of German Jews, an increasing orientation toward Western culture and art music of the time, particularly toward German literature, culture, and nationalism. The selection of the evening’s music will also trace the history and development of Jewish music from the Age of Enlightenment to the emigration following Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. The majority of the works will be U.S. premieres.

Performers include Sebastian Forster, piano; Tijana Grujic, vocal soloist; Yoed Nir, cello; and Jonathan Levin, piano accompaniment.

Proceeds from the concert will support the Music Archives at The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary.

The online, pre-purchase price is $35 for regular tickets and $20 for students. At the box office, the prices are $40 and $25. To purchase tickets please go to

For more information, please contact Hector Guzman at or at (212) 678-8075.