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Performing Arts Series Presents September 26 Concert by Shir Ami

Performing Arts Series Presents September 26 Concert by Shir Ami

September 14, 2010

jason-calloway.jpgSeptember 14, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Shir Ami, an ensemble of musicians whose collective mission is to recover and rejuvenate the rich musical heritage created by Jewish people during the twentieth century, is coming to DePauw University on Sunday, September 26. The DePauw Performing Arts Series will present Shir Ami in concert at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall, Green Center for the Performing Arts.

While the ensemble's repertoire includes both art and popular music, all the pieces share a common history of having been silenced, suppressed or neglected due to prejudice toward the composers of the music.

For this special concert at DePauw, rachel-calloway.jpgShir Ami members Jason and Rachel Calloway will be joined on the piano by May Phang, associate professor of music at DePauw. 

Jason Calloway (pictured at top), the artistic director of Shir Ami, is a world-class cellist, and brother of mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway (seen at right). The Calloways are both graduates of the Juilliard School and have been featured as soloists and chamber players in various prestigious ensembles performing throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Members of the Shir Ami ensemble recently returned from Hungary where they entranced audiences at the Budapest Summer Jewish Festival.

For the September 26 concert the Calloways and Professor Phang will present instrumental and vocal works by such well known Jewish classical composers as Viktor Ullmann, Ernest Bloch, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Franz Schreker and Leo Zeitlin, as well as some of the cabaret songs of Friedrich Hollaender.

Performing-Arts-Series.jpgPreceding the concert, Jason and Rachel Calloway will give a talk at 6:15 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall on the subject of the history and character of the music they perform. Jewish Studies at DePauw will host a reception following the concert.

All of the events are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Ron Dye at rdye@depauw.edu or by phone at (765) 658-4689.