The University of Arizona's Center for Judaic Studies, School of Music and Center for the Study of American Ideals and Culture present "The Jewish Experience in Classical Music: Shostakovich and Asia," an event featuring a symposium and a concert. The symposium will examine the influence of Jewish liturgical and folk music, liturgy and poetry, in the music of these two composers, and provide a context for better understanding this music. Daniel Asia is a professor of composition at the UA School of Music.
The free symposium, from 2-5 p.m. in Music 146, features an ntroduction and reflections on the music of Dmitri Shostakovich and Daniel Asia with Janet Sturman, Alexander Tentser, Alex Dunkel, Aryeh Tepper and Jan Swafford.
The free-admission concert begins at 7 p.m. in Holsclaw Hall. The program will include excerpts from Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13 "Babi Yar" and Piano Trio No. 2, and Asia’s "Amichai Songs" (from his Symphony No. 5, "Of Songs and Psalms"), in a world premiere version, and his Piano Trio. The concert will feature Alexander Tentser and Alla Voskoboynikova on piano; Anna Gendler on violin; Valentin Peitchinov on bass; and tenor Robert Swensen.