Forest Hills Chamber Music Series
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Forest Hills Chamber Music Series

February 9 , 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This chamber music series strives to highlight Jewish composers of the past 100 years through pairing their works with 18th and 19th-century masterworks of the same instrumentation. This series also hopes to reach audiences in the Forest Hills community that may not readily have access to live, top-quality chamber music.  The first concert on November 17 featured string trios.

This next concert, “Clarinet Quintets: From Classical to Klezmer,” will feature clarinet quintets, and the final concert of this season will be held on May 3.

Widely considered one of the most influential composers of all time, Mozart wrote some of the earliest significant works for clarinet. In 1789, Mozart added a clarinet to the still-new string quartet (a form brought to prominence by Haydn just 25 years prior) and created the very first clarinet quintet!

Written over 200 years later, Osvaldo Golijov’s Clarinet Quintet, The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, presents a strikingly different, contemporary take on this classical instrumentation. Born in 1960 to Jewish-Romanian immigrants in Argentina, Golijov grew up listening to Jewish liturgical chants and klezmer music. These influences could not be heard more clearly than in his epic clarinet quintet, where he directly quotes prominent chants from the High Holy Days as well as popular klezmer dance tunes.

Tickets ($18 advance/$25 door/under age 13 free) available by clicking HERE.


February 9
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Reform Temple of Forest Hills
71-11 112th St.