The Schmooze

A Guide To Upcoming Classical Concerts In New York

For Manhattan classical concertgoers in search of Yiddishkeit, the upcoming month will offer a tasty mix of melodies, Mahler, and modernism. On February 17 at the 92nd street Y, the scintillating Taiwan-born pianist Jenny Lin performs arrangements of music by Gershwin, Rodgers, and Arlen. Selections may be previewed on Lin’s latest CD, “Get Happy.” (Steinway & Sons) Once rendered happy by Lin, listeners can head to Avery Fisher Hall on February 21 and February 22 to hear the heart-wrenching “Schelomo—A Hebrew Rhapsody” by Swiss Jewish composer Ernest Bloch.

Performed by cellist Jan Vogler with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, this work was inspired by the Book of Ecclesiastes, attributed by legend to King Solomon. More poignancy will be expressed at Symphony Space on February 28,, when soprano Lucy Shelton and the Colorado Quartet present the world premiere of “Farewell Letters to the Beloved One” by Jerusalem-born Tamar Muskal, set to poems by Hanoch Levin (1943–1999),.

To cheer up, it’s over to Carnegie Hall on March 5 to hear the Oratorio Society of New York conducted by Kent Tritle in a program including Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs.” Equally vigorous is Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in A Minor, as interpreted by the Calidore String Quartet on March 10 at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium. Even more splashy is a program at Carnegie Hall on March 11 featuring Fritz Kreisler’s “Praeludium and Allegro” ; an arrangement for string sextet by the Israeli-American virtuoso violist Atar Arad of Prokofiev’s piano “Toccata” ; and the “Hoedown” section from Copland’s “Rodeo.” Performers will be violinist Gilles Apap and the Indiana University String Academy Virtuosi.

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