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Three Jewish Composers- Three Centuries

“Three Jewish Composers- Three Centuries,” a program pianist Inna Faliks has presented twice at Chicago’s Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies, has featured the North American premiere of Ilya Levinson’s Shtetle Suite and, most recently, the world premiere of Sirota for piano and recorded sound, written for Inna Faliks by one of New York’s most popular composers, Ljova Zhurbin.

Past programs have included the following pairings:

>> 19th century composer Fanny Mendelssohn, 20th century master George Gershwin, and acclaimed contemporary composer Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin.

>> Felix Mendelssohn, Arnold Schoenberg, and Ilya Levinson (Shtetle Suite).

Boris Pasternak: Complete Piano Music

This performance and discussion of the great poet’s short-lived yet intense career as a pianist and composer details his relationship with Scriabin and his life long passion for the music of Chopin. Music of Pasternak (preludes and Piano Sonata) is performed alongside Chopin’s works. In addition to discussion, poems that refer to Chopin and his art are read in the pianist’s own translation.

13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg, variations on Bach’s Aria

Inna Faliks was the first pianist to premiere this exciting cycle in its entirety in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. It was commissioned by the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival for her teacher Gilbert Kalish. The variations are an adventure on Bach’s eternal theme.

Aria • Bach

Rube Goldberg Variation • C. Curtis Smith

Gilmore Variation • Jennifer Higdon

Short Variation • Inna Faliks

Ghost Variation • Mischa Zupko

Fantasy Variation • Stanley Walden

Variation Fugato • Bright Sheng

Variacion • Tania Leon

Kontraphunktus • Derek Bermel

Variation 13 • Bach

My Goldberg • David Del Tredici

Chasing Goldberg • Fred Lerdahl

Yet Another Goldberg Variation • William Bolcom (For The Left Hand Alone)

Goldmore Variation • Lukas Foss

Variation Of Variation With Variation • Ralph Gothoni

Melancholy Minuet • Fred Hersch

Aria (Reprise) • Bach

Weill Hall Pro Musicis Concert

On Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 8:00 PM, in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, as part of their 45th Anniversary year, Pro Musicis presents pianist Inna Faliks, winner of the 2005 Pro Musicis International Award.


  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Fantasy in G minor, Op. 77
  • Franz Schubert, Sonata in A minor, Op. Posth. 143
  • Franz Liszt, from Transcendental Etudes, No. 11 & 10
  • Sofia Gubaidulina, Chaconne
  • Maurice Ravel, Gaspard de la Nuit, Poems for Piano

Tickets $25 (seniors/students $15) at the Box Office or online at www.CarnegieHall.org or CarnegieCharge 212-968-4288

For information, Pro Musicis, 212-787-0993 www.promusicis.org

Discovering Piano Works by Women Composers

This special program featuring the music of women composers including Tania Leon, Lera Auerbach, Fanny Mendelssohn, Clarice Assad, Sofia Gubaidulina, Augusta Read Thomas and others. It will be featured in Ms. Faliks’ upcoming seasons in venues such as the National Gallery in Washington, DC.

Three Jewish Composers – Three Centuries in Highland Park, IL

On February 27th at 2pm, Chicago’s Spertus Institute presents Pianist Inna Faliks in a a rare musical exploration of three outstanding Jewish composers. She’ll highlight 19th-century composer Franny Mendelssohn, 20th-century master George Gershwin, and acclaimed contemporary composer Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin, who will join her for a musical dialogue. Ljova’s influences include klezmer, jazz, and classical music, whose styles he blends into something wonderful and new.

Inna Faliks is one of today’s most passionate and poetic young pianists. She performs in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris, and Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall. She is curator and founder of the poetry-music series Music/Words.

Ljova was hailed by Billboard Magazine as “one of New York’s fastest-rising composers.” A Moscow native, he moved to New York in 1990. Today he arranges music for Yo Yo Ma, the Kronos Quartet, Jay-Z, and others and composes original music. He also performs as a violist in his own group, Ljova and the Kontraband.

This program takes place at the Highland Park Community House, 1991 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL. Tickets are $18 | $10 for Spertus members | $8 for students.