Breath in a Ram’s Horn: The Jewish Spirit in Classical Music

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Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Valley Beth Shalom 15739 Ventura Boulevard Encino, CA


Born in Seattle, WA in 1953, Daniel Asia is one of a small number of composers who have traversed both the realms of professional performance and academia with equal skill. After receiving his BA degree from Hampshire College, Mr. Asia received his MM from the Yale School of Music. After serving as Assistant Professor of Contemporary Music and Wind Ensemble at the Oberlin Conservatory from 1981-86, Mr. Asia resided in London from 1986-88 working under the auspices of a UK Fulbright Arts Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is presently Professor of Composition and head of the Composition Department at The University of Arizona, Tucson.

Mr. Asia has been the recipient of the most competitive grants and fellowships in music including a Music Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Meet The Composer/ Reader’s Digest Consortium Commission, United Kingdom Fulbright Arts Award Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and four NEA Composers Grants.

The composer's major orchestral works include five symphonies, a piano concerto, a cello concerto, 2 song cycles and the works AT THE FAR EDGE, BLACK LIGHT, and GATEWAYS..  He has had a long interaction with the relationship of classical music and Judaism, many of his compositions reflecting this interplay.

Mr. Asia's music is published by Theodore Presser Co.

This program will be a unique opportunity to hear composer Daniel Asia talk about the relationship between Classical Music and Judaism, together with a liberal playing of his music, particularly that which has been inspired by Jewish texts.

Guest Artists: Cantor Phil Baron, Tenor; Yoav Pasklowitz, Bass-Baritone; Tannis Gibson, PIano


Elliott Hurwitt’s Schwann Opus review of the composer’s compact disc, IVORY:

“Daniel Asia is a genuine creative spirit, an excellent composer,... He is a welcome addition to the roster of our strongest group of living composers."

B.Holland, New York Times review of the composer’s orchestral work, BLACK LIGHT:

  “Daniel Asia's Black Light... purveyed the new hedonism-a sensuous approach to sound and a generous exploitation of         instruments--that makes orchestras want to schedule such music and listeners pay to hear it.”

  *Read Daniel Asia's article on "Why Classical Music Is Like Jewish Prayer" on the Huffington Post and you'll know why you musn't miss this event!.

TICKETS: $10 advance reservations; $15 at the door

For reservations and information, call Valley Beth Shalom (818)788-6000.  Reservations close on Friday, April 19th at Noon.









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