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February 20, 2014

Klezmer meets classical

Symphony by the Sea explores many styles of klezmer in upcoming concerts

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“For bass players, our solo repertoire is not expansive, and we often steal from cellists,” he said. “I’ll play the piece, for the most part, in the pitch it’s written. In a few moments, I have to transfer it down.”

The composition by Ernest Bloch, who like Bruch was born in the 19th century and died in the 20th, is “From Jewish Life.”

“Ernest Bloch was Swiss-born,” Palma said. “He was Jewish, and most of his pieces were based on Jewish tradition.

“That will feature a young Israeli cellist named Daniel Mitnitsky. He came here to do graduate studies at the New England Conservatory.”

Mitnitsky’s performance will be followed by music from “Schindler’s List,” the 1993 film about the Holocaust, which featured Itzhak Perlman on the soundtrack.

“Williams wrote the score, and he excerpted it into a three-piece suite,” Palma said. “We have a young violinist named Liesl Schoenberger. She’s a young professional who attended the Conservatory, and she’s recently been appointed a violin professor at UNH and plays with a chamber orchestra called A Far Cry.”

Klezmer’s appeal to different kinds of musicians, working in completely different times and settings, is evidence of the music’s range and power, Palma said.

“We put together a mix of different styles and figured out what would work best with orchestra,” he said. “The music is very strong and speaks on many levels to anybody.”

 

 

SYMPHONY BY THE SEA CONCERTS

  • Thursday, Feb. 27, at Abbot Hall, Marblehead, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 2, at The Firehouse Center for the Performing Arts, Newburyport, 3 p.m.
  • Cost: $35, $5 for students K-12
  • Tickets & info: symphonybythesea.org. Also available in person at Arnould Gallery in Marblehead or the Firehouse Center for the Performing Arts in Newburyport

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