When Alex Weiser over at YIVO (the NYC based Institute for Jewish Research that actually began in Vilna in 1925!) asked me to come over for a chat a few months ago, we ended up talking about everything from racist showtunes to vegetarian gefilte fish. When he asked me to email him some scores, little did I know he was concocting a fabulous night of new music written by “young and emerging Jewish American composers!” I guess I must be all those identifiers, because here I find my quirky set of piano miniatures (collectively titled Fünf Kleine Klavierstücke and originally written for young emerging Jewish American pianist Michael Mizrahi) on a program alongside the work of lovely fellow composers David Hertzberg, Julie Hill, Adam Roberts, Alyssa Weinberg, and Alex Weiser himself. Lee Dionne (of Ensemble ACJW fame) will give the stücke a poke of the ivories this go-round. Come join us for the concert and stay to check out the amazing body of work housed at YIVO and the Center For Jewish History!
And PS: ten points awarded to you if you identify the gorgeous piece of music upon which the above score-section (movement 3 of the 5 stücke) is cheekily based!