2016 Grammy nomination for New Budapest Orpheum Society!
Dec
10
to Feb 29

2016 Grammy nomination for New Budapest Orpheum Society!

Very excited to announce that NBOS is Grammy nominated!

Category 80

Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) and Engineer(s) of over 51% playing time of the album, if other than the artist.
1. AS DREAMS FALL APART - THE GOLDEN AGE OF JEWISH STAGE AND FILM MUSIC (1925-1955) New Budapest Orpheum Society; Jim Ginsburg, producer [Cedille Records]

New Budapest Orpheum Society at DANK Haus, Chicago

(from left to right) Don Stille, accordionJulia Bentley, mezzo soprano; Philip Bohlman, artistic director; Stewart Figa, baritone; Iordanka Kissiova, violin; Ilya Levinson, music director, arranger, piano; Mark Sonksen, bass; Danny Howard, percussion. 

(photo by Iana Petkova)

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Dec
2
to Jul 2

Shtetl Scenes for piano trio

I am delighted to announce that my piece Shtetl Scenes in a version for piano trio will be performed by Atar trio during their 2016 spring Israel-American tour: Dream within a dream.

Their upcoming concerts are:

February 19 • Israel - Caesarea – The Ralli MuseumSpecial guest: singer Yeela Avital • 4 pm

March  19 • Israel – Kibbutz Maabarot • 6 pm

Mar 26 • Israel – Tivon Music Center - Special guest: singer Ruth Levin • 8 pm  

Apr 9 • New York • Seventh-day Adventist Church, 232 W. 11th Str. • 7:30 pm

Apr 12 • Washington DC - JCC 1529 16th St. NW * 8 pm

Apr 17 • Indiana – Valparasio University - Center for the Arts • 2:30 pm

Apr 20 • Columbia College Chicago • Sherwood Hall, 1312 S. Michigan Ave. • 8 pm

May 10 • Israel - Jerusalem Music Center Mishkenot Sha'ananim • 8 pm

Jun 25 • Israel – Beit Jamal monastery – Beit Shemesh • 2:30 pm

For more information log onto Atar trio website.

 

 

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Jun
7
2:00 PM14:00

If the pictures could talk...

Philip Simmons will conduct music by Dmitri Shostakovich, Pavel Haas, Siegfried Würzburger, and a new work created specifically for this event,  If the pictures could talk…by Moscow born Chicago composer Ilya Levinson.  The performance is given to complement the “Through Soviet Jewish Eyes” photographic exhibit, appearing at the Museum through September 7.

Born in Moscow in 1958, composer Ilya Levinson has been in Chicago since 1988.  A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and the University of Chicago, his music combines the esthetics of the great Soviet school of composition and American modernism.   Among his most popular orchestral compositions are Klezmer Rhapsody and Shtetl Scenes.  With If the pictures could talk…  Mr. Levinson shares his unique experience as an artist from the former Soviet Union with firsthand experience of religious oppression and Stalinist propaganda.  He will speak at the concert about his perception of the photographic exhibit, and how it inspired the creation of his new work.

Tickets:  $30; $20, museum members

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Passage to Poland: Cabaret Poetics at Modernity's Crossroads
Feb
21
2:00 PM14:00

Passage to Poland: Cabaret Poetics at Modernity's Crossroads

  • Logan Center, Performance Penthouse 901 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Accompanying the Chicago performances of two operatic works with modern Polish Jewish themes, the Lyric Opera’s production of Mieczysław Weinberg’s The Passenger and the premiere of Wlad Marhulets’s operatic realization of Rutun Motan’s graphic novel, The Property, at the Logan Center the New Budapest Orpheum Society launches its new exploration of twentieth-century “Polish Cabaret.” The eight-member ensemble-in-residence of the Humanities Division brings to life the complex traditions of music and poetry that converge at the crossroads of Jewish Poland draw upon Yiddish and Polish, Hebrew and German repertories, unfolding along the paths from the shtetl to the urban ghetto. The genres of song and poetry form a rich counterpart of the folk, popular, and cosmopolitan, sounding the voices too often lost to the Holocaust and its aftermath in Polish. In its Logan Center performance, the NBOS locates Jewish music’s modernity at the Polish crossroads of Yiddish film and Polish poetry, filled with the street songs and political ballads of workers and intellectuals, secular and orthodox alike, all drawing audiences to the historical landscapes from which The Passenger and The Property emerge.

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David Yonan live at the University Club of Chicago
Jan
19
5:30 PM17:30

David Yonan live at the University Club of Chicago

David Yonan, violin & Steven Greene, piano

Monday, January 19, Monroe Room, 5:30 pm
67 East Monroe, Chicago, IL 60605

David Yonan live at the University Club of Chicago

W.A. Mozart, Violin Sonata No. 32 in B-flat major, K. 454
Ilya Levinson,(*1958) Memory Tango (World Premiere of violin-piano version)
Igor Frolov, (*1937), Concert Fantasy on Themes of Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" op.19

Intermission

Augusta Read Thomas, (*1964) INCANTATION for solo violin
Edward Grieg, Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45
Paganini-Schumann, Four Caprices from the 24 Paganini Caprices (No. 10, No 5. No. 6, No. 24) with a piano accompaniment by Robert Schumann 

This event is free for members of the University Club of Chicago. Non-members may attend the concert free of charge but need to R.S.V.P with Elizabeth Stein, President of the Live Music Society: steinstrad@gmail.com.

Please consider making a donation towards the Fine Arts Music Society.

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International Classical and Sevdah Music
Nov
25
7:30 PM19:30

International Classical and Sevdah Music

An arrangement of mine, Sevdah Songs, will be featured in this program presented by the American Music Festivals in honor of the legacy of Dr. Himzo Polovina and commemorating the Bosnia-Herzegovina statehood anniversary.

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A CONCERT OF INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL AND SEVDAH MUSIC
Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra
Philip Simmons, Founder and Music Director
Tuesday, November 25, 7:30 PM
Doors open at 6:45PM

COPERNICUS CENTER ANNEX
5216 W. Lawrence, Chicago, IL 60630

CONCERT PROGRAM:
Der Asra  — Anton Rubinstein
Prelude from “Le Deluge”    Camille Saint-Saens
Elegy   Edward Elgar
Ricercari — Franciscus Bossinensis
Capriccio No. 1  Dragan Suplevski
Sevdah Songs  Traditional, arr. Ilya Levinson
Samir Hadzalic, vocalist


General admission tickets $20 in advance; $25 at the event 

For more information, call 224-456-2399
Sponsored in part by the Copernicus Foundation

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Gulf Coast Symphony Commission
Nov
22
8:00 PM20:00

Gulf Coast Symphony Commission

A world premier of Ilya's latest cello concerto commissioned by the Gulf Coast Symphony.

Cellist Ian Maksin will continue the well-established collaboration between himself and Ilya with this performance. Ian says his main goal as an artist is “to close the gap between generations and societies through art, and make the beauty of cello music accessible to everyone.”

For more information, visit the Gulf Coast Symphony online.

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DANK Haus performance of "As Dreams Fall Apart"
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

DANK Haus performance of "As Dreams Fall Apart"

The New Budapest Orpheum Society brings a CD release concert for As Dreams Fall Apart - The Golden Age of Jewish Film Music, 1925-1955, to the north side of Chicago at DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

This event, co-sponsored by Cedille Records as a part of Chicago Artists Month, is free and open to the public. There will be a pre-concert lecture at 7:00pm and the music will begin at 7:30pm.

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New Budapest Orpheum Society CD Release Recital and Reception
Oct
19
4:00 PM16:00

New Budapest Orpheum Society CD Release Recital and Reception

The New Budapest Orpheum Society is hailed for its interpretations of Jewish Cabaret music and political songs from the turn of the 20th century to the present. Their newest CD, As Dreams Fall Apart: The Golden Age of Jewish Film Music, 1925-1955 explores the first 30 years of film which were critically influenced by the traditions of Jewish Cabaret and provided the musical mise-en-scène of Jewish history during the critical moments of exile, Holocaust, and revival.

Presented by the Logan Center, Cedille Records, and the Department of Music.
Admission to this event is free. To RSVP, visit the UChicago Arts website.
 

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Humanities Day performance at U of C
Oct
18
2:00 PM14:00

Humanities Day performance at U of C

Join Ilya and The New Budapest Orpheum Society, a Division of the Humanities ensemble-in-residence, as they bring the golden age to of Jewish music for film to life for a Humanities Day performance at the University of Chicago. 

This performance will be part of the Session 2 series of events, beginning at 2:00pm. For further information about all of the events taking place, visit the U of C website.

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Fall Masterworks Concert - Racine Symphony
Oct
11
7:30 PM19:30

Fall Masterworks Concert - Racine Symphony

Delve into the world premiere of Ilya Levinson’s Cello Concerto, performed by the Racine Symphony's 2011 Artist in Residence Ian Maksin. The evening will open with Mozart’s intellectually stimulating opera Cosi fan tutte and close with one of Beethoven’s self-described “best works,” Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92.

For tickets, visit the Racine Symphony website.

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New Budapest Orpheum Society
Sep
22
2:00 PM14:00

New Budapest Orpheum Society

Live performance on WFMT, 98.7FM.

The New Budapest Orpheum Society is an Ensemble-in-Residence in the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago. The ensemble draws upon a wide range of repertories, many forgotten, others preserved in European archives, all poignantly bearing witness to the great tradition of Jewish cabaret.

Turn on your radio, or listen live at wfmt.com.

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Soul Companion album release
Sep
20
8:00 PM20:00

Soul Companion album release

  • Old Town School of Folk Music (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ian Maksin is coming out with a new album of his original music for solo cello inspired by folk music from around the world as well as by music of Sting. The album also includes pieces that Maksin has commissioned from Ilya Levinson as well as other award-winning composers Paul Yeon Lee and Seth Boustead. 

The release concert will take place at Old Town School of Folk Music. 
Click here for tickets.

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