Join us in the discovery of "Jewish art music," a movement that originated at the end of the 19th century in Russia.
This recital will feature rarely performed works by composers of the early 20th century, most notably Joseph Achron, Alexander Krein and Solomon Rosowsky. These composers established a unique genre that blended traditional Jewish folk and liturgical music with Western European and Russian Romantic styles.
Rita Mitsel, principal oboe of Symphony in C, earned her doctorate at the Juilliard School. Ms. Mitsel has performed as a substitute in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the American Ballet Theater, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and in The Phantom of the Opera.
As a soloist she performed with Orion String Quartet, Mannes Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and on Bargemusic, among others. She has recorded for Naxos with International Contemporary Ensemble and Symphony in C. Rita teaches oboe and chamber music at Queens College (CUNY). She holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degrees from Mannes College of Music. Rita studied with Elaine Douvas, Richard Dallessio, Eugene Izotov and Pedro Diaz.
Anastasia Seifetdinova serves as a Teaching Associate in Piano at The Hartt School, where she is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree through studies with Prof. Oxana Yablonskaya. In 2003 Anastasia received First Prize in the 14th International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Rome, Italy, and was awarded a Special Prize. In year 2006 Ms. Seifetdinova won the Puigcerda International Piano Competition in Spain. In the same year she recorded the complete works for piano and orchestra by Balakirev with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra for NAXOS records.
Her career continues with numerous appearances as a soloist both in concertos with orchestra, in solo recitals and in chamber music concerts in Ukraine, Germany, Macedonia, Italy, Switzerland, France, Russia, USA and Japan. Ms. Seifetdinova is a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, Germany, and holds a Master's degree from The Hartt School of the University of Hartford.
The project is made possible through a grant by the BluePrint Fellowship project of COJECO, funded by the UJA-Federation of New York and Genesis Philanthropy Group.