Princeton Symphony program, from klezmer clarinet to Shostakovich

Posted on: January 6, 2017

“When the Princeton Symphony Orchestra takes the stage on Jan. 29 it will feature clarinetist David Krakauer playing a piece with personal meaning composed by Wlad Marhulets,” writes Debra Rubin in Tuesday’s (1/3) New Jersey Jewish News. “Marhulets, a budding musical talent in his native Poland, found Krakauer’s klezmer music inspirational and decided he wanted to compose a piece for him.… Marhulets received the inaugural Azrieli Prize in Jewish Music this past spring for the [Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet], which is about 18 minutes long and performed in the standard concerto format of three movements…. The piece was debuted by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2009. The idea to include klezmer music in [the Princeton Symphony’s] performance … came about when orchestra director Rossen Milanov decided to focus on personal and individual expression.… The … concert also features American composer Saad Haddad’s ‘Manarah,’ or beacon in Arabic. Haddad is noted for his fusion of classical with the Middle Eastern music of his heritage…. In addition to Marhulets’s concerto, Krakauer will perform Osvaldo Golijov’s K’vakarat and his own arrangement of Der Heyser Bulgar and Synagogue Wail. The concert will also include Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony Op. 110a.”

Posted January 6, 2017