Sunday, June 11, 2000

CCM fest focuses on new music

Music2000 centers on Jewish works

By Janelle Gelfand
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        One of the founding fathers of minimalism will be in town for an extraordinary festival of new music at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, starting Monday.

        American composer Steve Reich, who has embraced African drumming, Eastern music and Hebrew chant, is one of the artists who will participate in Music2000, June 12-23. Other composers include Aaron Jay Kernis, one of the youngest musicians to win a Pulitzer Prize.

        The festival, to include performances by the klezmer group Brave Old World, will focus on Jewish music, says its organizer, Joel Hoffman, a CCM professor and composer.

        “We have two distinguished American composers, along with the premiere Jewish music ensemble in the country. They will all work with each other on pieces that we are performing over this 11-day period,” he says.

        “Every year, I try to present a panorama of what's new. Most of the music we're doing is music by composers under age 30. Listening to this music would give someone a good overview of what's going on in music today.”

        Brave Old World will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday in CCM's Robert Werner Recital Hall. The Amernet String Quartet, whose members are serving as CCM artist faculty for the festival, will perform Paul Ben-Haim's String Quartet on Saturday in Werner Recital Hall.

        Other performers include the cutting-edge sextet, eighth blackbird; pianist Emanuele Arciuli, a faculty member at Bari Conservatory in Italy; harpist Deborah Hoffman, principal harpist with the Metropolitan opera; violist Dorotea Vismara Hoffman, a faculty member at University of Kentucky; and Quintetto Miro from Italy.

        Concerts will take place at 8 each evening in Robert Werner Recital Hall or Studio Theater, and are free and open to the public.

        There will also be master classes and seminars at 9:30 a.m. daily in Studio Theater or Werner Recital Hall.

        For information visit, or call 556-9504.


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