Celebrating 90 Years with the St. Paul JCC Symphony
One of the oldest community ensembles in the country
(November 21,2016 – St. Paul, Minn.) – The St. Paul JCC Symphony will hold a free Winter Orchestra Concert on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, from 7:30-9:30 PM as a kickoff to their 90th anniversary season. The Symphony will revisit some of its favorite pieces performed by its musicians over the last 90 years during the Winter Orchestra Concert, including works by Aram Khachaturian, Robert Schumann, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
“The heart of the St. Paul JCC Symphony is its musicians, whose creative and financial contributions have kept the music flowing in the Center for 90 years,” said Amir Kats, St. Paul JCC Symphony Music Director and Conductor.
The St. Paul JCC Symphony is one of the oldest community ensembles in the country dedicated to classical repertoire. The Symphony performs four free concerts each season, including three full-length evening concerts and one abbreviated family concert. Each concert is preceded at 7:00 PM by a Conductor’s Chat allowing guests an inside scoop on the program from the Conductor.
“The St. Paul JCC Symphony’s gift of music is truly special and we are proud to celebrate their 90th anniversary,” said Michael Waldman, St. Paul JCC Executive Director. “Every year, more than 1,000 people enjoy free concerts offered by the St. Paul JCC Symphony.”
About Amir Kats, St. Paul JCC Symphony Music Director and Conductor
Amir Kats is in his fifth season as conductor of the St. Paul JCC’s Symphony. He is also orchestra director at FAIR School Downtown and Harvest Preparatory Academy. Earlier engagements include the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Albuquerque and Santa Fe Youth Symphonies, New York Youth Symphony, and the Julliard School’s Music Advancement Program.A recipient of the 2010 MN String and Orchestra Teachers Association Community Service Award, Mr. Kats is dedicated to bringing out the musical best from any ensemble with which he works, and to sharing music with as wide an audience as possible.
About the St. Paul JCC
The St. Paul JCC’s mission is to strengthen the Greater St. Paul community by nurturing physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth in an inclusive environment defined by Jewish values and culture. The St. Paul JCC Symphony is supported by St. Paul JCC Endowment Funds including: the Zidell, Resnikoff and Resnikoff-Levin Fund, the David M. Stein Fund, the Sherman and Evelyn Marrinson Music Memorial Fund, the Ida and Leonard Rapoport Cultural Arts Fund for New Americans and individual donations to St. Paul JCC Friends of the Arts.To learn more, visit stpauljcc.org.
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