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A Tempo: Performances Remember, Revisit Past Voices

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Fay Fox
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Ian Niederhoffer with the Parlando chamber orchestra

A Tempo this Saturday (11/5 at 7 pm) previews two upcoming performances: the premiere of Michael Shapiro's VOICES, based on Sephardic poetry of the Holocaust, and a concert by the Parlando chamber orchestra that looks at classical music portrayals of women.

A Tempo this week looks at two upcoming performances with themes of historical remembrance through music. Host Rachel Katz will speak with composer Michael Shapiro, about VOICES, a requiem for the Holocaust, which is based on poetry of Sephardic Jews (those from Mediterranean countries such as France, Greece and Italy) written during the Holocaust, and how he sees the story as a warning for all of humanity. The work will premiere Thursday, Nov. 10 at New York's Central Synagogue and with Daniel Mutlu, the Senior Cantor of Central Synagogue, Ember Choral Arts, and the American Music Ensemble, conducted by Deborah Simpkin King. (Part two of the conversation will air on next week's A Tempo).

The program also includes a conversation with Ian Niederhoffer, founder of the New York-based Parlando chamber orchestra, whose Nov. 6 "Heroines and Heretics" concert of Julius Eastman's Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc, Rodion Shchedrin's Carmen Suite, and a work by Hildegard von Bingen at the Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Hall explores how women have been portrayed through classical music.

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Randy Matusow
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Composer Michael Shapiro