Press Release: "Great Music For A Great City: Musical Friendships: Dvorak & Burleigh"

The CUNY Graduate Center will be presenting a new series of free public concerts this fall aimed at inspiring greater public interest in musical performance and restoring the legacy of great music to individuals from all walks of life. Titled Great Music for a Great City, the series inaugurates a new initiative in music programs at The Graduate Center curated by musical director Caroline Stoessinger. The programs will bring acclaimed international artists to The Graduate Center's intimate, acoustically superb Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall. The Graduate Center is located at 365 Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets.

All concerts are free and admission will be handled on a first-come first-served basis. To guarantee seating for the entire series, a $100 tax-deductible donation can be made in advance. For more information, call The Graduate Center's Office of Continuing Education and Public Programs at 1-212-817-8215. The fall series consists of seven concerts from September to December:

Sunday, September 8, 4pm:
Dvorak in America

Celebrating Dvorak's influence on American classical music, as well as the composer's own music inspired by his American experience. Program: Dvorak, American Quartet, Quintet Op. 91; songs by Dvorak, Burleigh, Copland, and spirituals. Featuring: St. Petersburg String Quartet; Camellia Johnson, soprano; Caroline Stoessinger, piano.

Wed., Sept. 25, 7:30pm:
Celebrating George Gershwin, the Composer from Brooklyn

A celebration of the composer's 104th birthday with works from every genre spanning Gershwin's entire career. Program to include selections from Porgy and Bess, An American in Paris, Gershwin's piano preludes, and selected songs. Featuring: Eli Wallach, narrator; Kitty Carlisle Hart, special guest

Saturday, October 26, 7:30pm:
Music Shall Live: Remembering Theresianstadt

The first of two events in this series dedicated to music of the Holocaust. This concert commemorates the courageous musical performances produced by Jews in Terezin. Program of works by Gideon Klein, Duo for Violin and Cello; Mendelssohn, Trio in D Minor, Op. 49; Schumann, Dichterliebe, Op. 48. Featuring: Terry Cook, bass-baritone; Ensemble Rose.

Saturday, November 9, 7:30pm:
Shanghai String Quartet Recital:

Program: Haydn, Quartet Op. 76, no. 4; Ravel, Quartet for Strings; Beethoven, Quartet Op. 59, no. 2.

Monday, November 25, 7:30pm:
Music of the Holocaust

A lecture given by pianist Caroline Stoessinger examining the role of music during the Holocaust: by the Nazis as a weapon of torture and propaganda, and by the Jews as a method of spiritual and physical survival. Featuring live musical performances.

Saturday, December 7, 7:30pm:
A 19th-Century Evening

Program: Schubert, Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (Shepherd on the Rock); Brahms, Quintet for Clarinet and Strings; Fuchs, Quintet for Clarinet and Strings. Featuring: Kaleidos String Quartet; Dominique Labelle, soprano; Charles Neidich, clarinet.

Tuesday, December 17, 7:30pm:
A Baroque Holiday Concert

Program: Handel, Sonata in G Op. 1, no. 3; Vivaldi, Sonata in B-flat F XIV, no. 6; Scarlatti, three Sonatas; Paisiello, Nel cor piu non mi sento and other Arie Antiche; J.S. Bach, Sonata in F, BWV 529. Featuring: Paula Robison, flute; Kenneth Cooper, harpsichord; Timothy Eddy, cello.

Submitted on: AUG 1, 2002

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