May 2019 -- Nisan-Iyar 5779,  Volume 25, Issue 5

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Cassatt String Quartet Performs Cantor Gerald Cohen’s Voyagers

On Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 9:00 to 11:00 PM, the widely acclaimed Cassatt String Quartet, clarinetist Vasko Dukovski, and bassist Pablo Aslan perform a musical café event entitled Musical Voyages – International and Interplanetary at Shaarei Tikvah, 46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale.    The concert program features Cantor Gerald Cohen’s highly praised compositions, Voyagers and Preludes and Debka.

 

Voyagers is a tribute to the Voyager spacecraft on the 40th anniversary of their launch.  The piece had its world premiere at New York’s Hayden Planetarium in November, 2017 and was met with great critical acclaim.  The program also includes works by Ljova and Pablo Aslan.

 

The Cassatt String Quartet was the first quartet chosen for Juilliard’s Young Artists Quartet Program. Since then, they have performed at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood Music Theater, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Theatre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Beijing Central Conservatory in China and for Queen Elizabeth II’s Sapphire Jubilee Celebration in London.  At the Library of Congress, the Cassatts performed on the library’s matched quartet of Stradivarius instruments, and they performed the three complete Beethoven Quartet cycles at the University at Buffalo.

 

The quartet is named for the celebrated American impressionist painter Mary Cassatt. Cassatt members include: Muneko Otani and Jennifer Leshnower, violins; Ah Ling Neu, viola; and Elizabeth Anderson, cello.

 

Vasko Dukovski, is a New York based multidisciplinary artist and diverse stylistic performer of the highest caliber, one of the most-sought-after instrumentalist in his generation.

 

Living in the United States since 1980, Argentine-born bassist and composer Pablo Aslan is recognized internationally as one of the leading figures in traditional and contemporary tango. His extensive discography includes Piazzolla in Brooklyn, a jazz-tango tribute to Astor Piazzolla, and Tango Grill. The latter earned him nominations for a Latin Grammy Award (“Best Tango Album”) and a Grammy Award (“Best Latin Jazz Album”).

 

Cantor Gerald Cohen has been praised for his “linguistic fluidity and melodic gift,” creating music that “reveals a very personal modernism that…offers great emotional rewards.” (Gramophone Magazine). His deeply affecting compositions have been recognized with numerous awards and critical accolades. The music on his recent CD, Sea of Reeds (Navona), “is filled with vibrant melody, rhythmic clarity, drive and compositional construction…a sheer delight to hear.” (Gapplegate Music Review)

Recognition of Cohen’s body of work includes the Copland House Borromeo String Quartet Award and Hoff-Barthelson/Copland House commission, Westchester Prize for New Work, American Composers Forum Faith Partners residency, and Cantors Assembly’s Max Wohlberg Award for distinguished achievement in the field of Jewish composition. Cohen received the Yale University’s Sudler Prize for outstanding achievement in the creative arts, and has been awarded commissioning grants from Meet the Composer, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and Westchester Arts Council. Throughout his career, he has been selected for residencies including those at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and American Lyric Theater.

 

Cohen’s music has been commissioned by chamber ensembles including the Cassatt String Quartet, Verdehr Trio, Franciscan String Quartet, Chesapeake Chamber Music, Grneta Ensemble, Wave Hill Trio, Bronx Arts Ensemble, and Brooklyn Philharmonic Brass Quintet; by choruses including the New York Virtuoso Singers, Canticum Novum Singers, Syracuse Children’s Chorus, St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City, Zamir Chorale of Boston, and Usdan Center Chorus; and by the Cantors Assembly of America and Westchester Youth Symphony.  Cohen’s music has been per

Cohen’s compositions are published by Oxford University Press, G. Schirmer/AMP and Transcontinental Music Publications. Gerald Cohen received a BA in music from Yale University and a DMA in composition from Columbia University. He is Cantor at Shaarei Tikvah, Scarsdale and is on the faculties of The Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College.

 

 For further information, synagogue@shaareitikvah.org, or call (914) 472-2013, ext.300 General Admission is $36, $20 for students, and wine, cheese and refreshments are included.