JTS Faculty Member to Perform in New York Area Concerts

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April 29, 2010, New York, NY

gerald cohenGerald Cohen, an adjunct assistant professor at the H.L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of The Jewish Theological Seminary, will perform in a series of concerts in the New York City area this spring.

Mr. Cohen has earned distinction as a composer of both concert and liturgical music, and as a cantor and performer. His compositions are published by Oxford University Press and Transcontinental Music Publications. A CD of Mr. Cohen’s compositions, entitled Generations, is on the Composers Recordings, Inc., label, and includes chamber, choral, and solo vocal works, including performances by the composer.

Mr. Cohen’s music has been performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, the Westchester Philharmonic, the Riverside Symphony, the Plymouth Music Series Orchestra, the New York Concert Singers, Princeton Pro Musica, and many other ensembles and soloists. Mr. Cohen received a BA in Music from Yale University and a DMA in Composition from Columbia University. In addition to his position at JTS, Mr. Cohen is cantor at Shaarei Tikvah Congregation in Scarsdale, NY.

The schedule of concerts is as follows:

Premiere of new cantorial compositions at Cantors Assembly convention
Wednesday, May 5, 8:00 p.m.
Premiere of “New Music for a New Mahzor,” performed by Mr. Cohen, who was one of ten composers commissioned by the Cantors Assembly to write music for the new High Holiday prayer book being published for Conservative synagogues.
Park Avenue Synagogue, 50 East 87th Street, New York, NY
Tickets sold at the door: $35

Performance of Five Hebrew Songs for clarinet duo and piano

Sunday, May 23, 3:00 p.m.
Performance of arrangements of five of Mr. Cohen’s liturgical songs, arranged for clarinet duo and piano. Performed by the Grneta Duo (Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski, clarinets) and Alexandra Joan, piano, as part of the “Music in Our Time” concert presented by the American Society for Jewish Music.
Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY
Tickets sold at the door: $18
(students/seniors: $9)

Premiere of Grneta Variations for clarinet duo and piano
Thursday, May 27, 8:00 p.m.
Premiere of Grneta Variations, for two clarinets and piano, written for the Grneta Duo (Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski, clarinets) and Alexandra Joan, piano. The concert, entitled “Eastern Madness," features composers whose music has eastern influences.
Bechstein Piano Centre, 207 West 58th Street, New York, NY
Tickets sold at the door: $15

For more information about these events please visit http://www.geraldcohenmusic.com/Calendar_of_Events.html.