Israel Herman

Program Host

Israel Herman is in his 18th season as Music Director/Conductor of the Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra and has been the music director for the Lawrenceville Symphony Orchestra, the NJ Intergenerational Orchestra, and opera and guest conducting appearances.  He has been Musical Director for musical theater productions for Playful Theater Productions, The Yardley Players, Pennington Players, Pierrot Productions and Maurer Productions On-Stage.

He has taught instrumental music in the secondary public schools of Prince Georges County Maryland, the Raritan Valley Community College, the Peddie School, and Mercer County Community College, where he was an instructor in Music Theory, Chamber Ensembles, Music History, Music Appreciation, The Business of Music and Applied Trumpet.

He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of MD and has studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Temple University and Bard College. Conducting teachers have included Harold Farberman, Milan Horvat, Robert Page and Acton Ostling, Jr.  As a performer, he is an active classical and Dixieland trumpeter, with an avid interest in the performance of early brass and woodwind music on period instruments.

Israel shares his love of America's Classic music, Jazz, every Monday at 7 pm on WWFM's JazzOn2 (89.1 HD2) Listen for The Buzz on Dixie, showcasing the best of Dixieland Jazz. 

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Last week in NYC the third International Historic Brass Symposium took place.  It is a symposium primarily for scholars, with peer reviewed papers presented. BUT, there were also wonderful performances by internationally acclaimed soloists This week we will hear some of those performers:   Bruce Dickey, cornetto; Michael Collver, cornetto; Patrick Wibart, ophecleide and serpent; Adrien Ramon, cornet; John Foster, Baroque Trumpet; and the Opus 333 Saxhorn Quartet.

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This week's On the Wind features In Wartime, written just prior to the start of the Iraq War in 2003, by David Del Tredici for Wind Orchestra.  It is a striking work.   That is followed by a trumpet concerto written by Jörg Widmann for the young wunderkind, Segie Nakariakov (now 45!!!) titled Ad Absurdum, a work that begins at a moto perpetuo pace and proceeds from there.  And finally, the Octet for Horn, Piano, 2 Violins, 2 Violas, cello and double bass by Sir Arnold Bax.

This week's On the Wind features two works written for the wind section of Canada's Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (works by Ronald Royer and Howard Cable), plus a sextet for wind quintet and piano from early 20th century Switzerland. That's Saturday at 4 pm with your host, Israel Herman.