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Fall 2012 Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert: "Jewish Composers: A German Connection"

PRESS NEWS: For immediate release
Contact: Dr. Lyudmila Sholokhova
Head Librarian
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
tel. 212-294-6168
(New York, NY – October 5, 2012) The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, in collaboration with the Leo Baeck Institute, is pleased to announce the program for the Fall 2012 Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert, to be held on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 3:00pm.

“Jewish Composers: A German Connection”
The Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series is devoted to rarely heard masterworks from the Sidney Krum Jewish Music and Yiddish Theater Memorial Collections at YIVO, performed by gifted young artists from the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music and other premier conservatories in the metropolitan New York area.

The Fall 2012 program, "Jewish Composers: A German Connection," will present masterpieces by Jewish composers who were influenced by German musical culture. Works by Mendelssohn, Mahler, Kurt Weill and Schoenberg will be explored as well as music by German Jewish synagogue composer Louis Lewandowski, Russian Jewish composers Anton Rubinstein and Joel Engel, and Israeli composers Paul Ben Haim and Tzvi Avni. Music from the YIVO and LBI collections will be included.

The Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series and the Sidney Krum Jewish Music and Yiddish Theater Collections at YIVO are made possible by a generous gift from the Estate of Mr. Krum, who came to the United States as a child from the Polish town of Anatolia and learned Yiddish folk songs from his mother. He was a lawyer but spent the bulk of his career as a teacher in the New York City public schools. Throughout his life, he remained dedicated to his Jewish heritage, particularly its music, and to the education of the young people of New York.


"Remarkable mastery and depth of expression" (Prof. Eliyahu Schleifer, Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem)

"Youthful enthusiasm and highest artistic level" (Prof. Katarzyna Naliwajek-Mazurek, Warsaw University)

"Remarkable job of matching YIVO's considerable musical resources with an emerging generation of instrumentalists" (Prof. Judah Cohen, Indiana University, Bloomington)

Admission: $10 general, $5 YIVO Members, seniors, students
Box Office: 212.868.4444 |

Yuval Waldman

Brilliant graduates of Juilliard, Mannes Schools and DePaul University:

Artur Kaganovskiy, violin
Sabina Torosjan, violin
Eszter Szilveszter-Kaganovskiy, viola
Valeriya Sholokhova, cello
Alla Milchtein, piano

Introductory remarks by Carol Strauss, Executive Director of the Leo Baeck Institute, and Jonathan Brent, Executive Director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research


Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)
String Quartet no. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13. 3rd Movement: Intermezzo : Allegretto con moto – Allegro di molto


Louis Lewandowski (1821-1894)
Kol Nidre for violin and piano, Op. 6.


Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Piano Quartet (1876)


Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894)
El Dachtarawan: Marche orientale, Op. 93 for piano solo (1873)


Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
Suite for piano, Op. 25. Gavotte


Kurt Weill (1900-1950)
Polly's Song from The Threepenny Opera: Ballade of Immoral Earnings arranged for violin and piano by Stefan Frenkel (1930)


Joel Engel (1868-1927)
Freylekhs for violin and piano, Op. 2, no.2


Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984)
Sephardic Lullaby for violin and piano


Tzvi Avni (b.1927)
Prayer for String Quartet

ABOUT YIVO: Founded in 1925, the YIVO Institute is headquartered in New York City, and is the world’s premier teaching and research institute devoted to East European Jewish Studies; the Yiddish language, literature, and folklore; and the American Jewish Experience.