Celebrating Leo Kraft's 90th Birthday

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 9:39 PM

Longtime friend and mentor to the NYCC, Leo Kraft, will have his 90th birthday marked a bit ahead of time: this Sunday, March 11 at 3:00pm at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16 St. in Manhattan.

Featuring some of New York's finest chamber music players, including clarinetists Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima, violinist Renee Jolles, violist Mark Halloway, cellist Marcy Rosen, flutist Patricia Spenser, and pianist Morey Ritt, who will premiere Testimonium, a new work Kraft has written for her.

Among other works on the program are Leo Kraft's Seven Hebrew Songs, to poems by medieval Hebrew poets, sung by American baritone Thomas Meglioranza, with David Jolley, horn and Konstantza Chernov, piano. Hailed for his "vocal distinction and expressive warmth" (The Boston Globe), Meglioranza is one of this country’s most sought-after and unique young singers. The program will conclude with Omaggio, in memory of Primo Levi.

Ticket Info: $18 general
$12 AJHS, ASJM, CJH, CPL members
$9 seniors
free for students with ID
tickets may be ordered in advance through this website: