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Judith Lang Zaimont Israeli Rhapsody for Concert Band

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Jeffrey James <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 7 Mar 2007 22:06:39 -0800

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World Premiere of Judith Lang Zaimont Israeli
Rhapsody for Concert Band to Be Performed at
Saint Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota on
March 11 - New Work Sponsored by University's Kaplan Commissioning Project

New York, NY - American composer Judith Lang
Zaimont's Israeli Rhapsody for concert band will
be given its World Premiere performance by the
Saint Mary's University Concert Band, under the
direction of Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, on Sunday,
March 11 - 3 PM at the Page Theatre, located in
the University Performance Center, 700 Terrace
Heights in Winona, Minnesota. The concert band
will also perform works by Franco Cesarini,
Philip Sparke, John Zdechlik, J. Michael Roy,
Travis Cross, and John Philip Sousa.

Of Israeli Rhapsody, Judith Lang Zaimont wrote
that she is 'paying tribute to the complicated,
thoughtful and joyous aspects that come together
and do indeed characterize the people who
flourish in that dramatic land.'  The composer
thinks of Israel as a cultural wellspring and the
homeland of her religion. Fragments of well-known
Israeli melodies flow through the complex piece,
which ends clearly as a joyful dance.

The SMU Concert Band commissioned Israeli
Rhapsody through the Helen and Sam Kaplan
Foundation Commissioning Project. Ms. Zaimont is
the fourth composer to participate in the Kaplan
Commission. The Foundation supports performances
and activities led by Jewish artists and scholars
that are designed to increase cultural and
religious understanding at Saint Mary's. Moe
about the Kaplan Commissioning Project at
http://www2.smumn.edu/deptpages/~music/kaplan_project/index.php.

Ms. Zaimont's residency at the school, which
includes visits with Saint Mary's students during
class and concert band rehearsals, as well as a
visit with Winona Senior High School students,
will be from March 7 to 11, and is funded in part
through Meet the Composer's Creative Connections program.

Tickets for the March 11 concert are $6 for
adults and $4 for students and seniors. For
tickets or more information about this concert,
contact the SMU Performance Center box office at
(507) 457-1715 or visit them online at=
 http://www.pagetheatre.org/music.html.

The SMU Concert Band draws its more than 70
members from the Saint Mary's and Winona
communities. The band performs quality music
literature including new publications,
transcriptions and standard concert repertoire.
They have made a commitment to not only
performing the best traditional and contemporary
wind band literature possible, but also to
commission a new work for band every other year
through the Kaplan Commissioning Program. More
about them at
http://www2.smumn.edu/deptpages/~music/ensembles/concert_band.php.

Ms. Zaimont is gaining a growing reputation for
her contributions to the wind ensemble
repertoire. Her mid-grades movement "City Rain",
commissioned for American Composer's Forum
BandQuest series, is often performed.

The March 11 performance follows closely the
United States Premiere of the composer's complete
Symphony for Wind Orchestra in Three Scenes on
November 30, 2006 by the University of
Connecticut Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jeffrey Renshaw.

The three-movement Symphony was commissioned in
1999 to honor the Centennial of the School of
Music of the University of Minnesota, for the
university's Wind Ensemble, Craig Kirchhoff,
conductor. The complete work was given its World
Premiere in April 2006 at Greenwich, England's
Trinity College. The first ('Growler') and third
('Tattoo') movements of the Symphony have
previously received multiple performances in
several U.S. states. The second movement is
titled 'Dreamz (Six Episodes, Dissolved)'. The
complete work is published by MMB Music. You can
read Carson Cooman's marvelous Three Questions
Before the First Night feature about the Symphony
at http://www.mvdaily.com/articles/2006/03/zaimont.htm.

Judith Lang Zaimont is internationally recognized
for her distinctive style, characterized by its
expressive strength and dynamism. Her music is
widely performed throughout the U.S. and Europe
and has been recorded for the Naxos, Koch
International Classics, Arabesque, Milken Family
Foundation, Albany, Jeanne, Leonarda,
Northeastern, and 4Tay labels. Her principal
publishers are MMB Music, Inc., Galaxy/ECS,
Vivace, Jeanne, C. F. Peters, Lyra and Walton.
More information about Ms. Zaimont, including
sound clips of many of her compositions, is
available at her website http://www.jzaimont.com/.

She is represented by Jeffrey James Arts
Consulting, who can be contacted at 516-586-3433
or at [log in to unmask]

Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
Website: http://www.jamesarts.com

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