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Jack Gottlieb has been named by the New York Philharmonic as The Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence for the 2010-2011 season. Eight Jack Gottlieb works were performed at the 21st annual North American Jewish Choral Festival, 7/25-7/29/10 , where he was honored with the Hallel v’zimrah (“Praise with song”) award “In recognition of his lifetime contribution to Jewish music,” by the Zamir Choral Foundation.
The Return of Frankenstein from Three Frankenstein Portraits for a cappella mixed chorus with words by Edward Field. Performed by Amor Artist Chamber Choir conducted by Johannes Somary at St. Ignatius Church in New York City, NY on 5/5/10.
Jack Gottlieb sacred vocal music (solos, duets, instrument, and choral works) by Joshua Breitzer, student cantor at Hebrew Union College, New York City, NY on 10/13/10. Rick’s Place (trio for violin, cello and piano) by Lost Dog New Music Ensemble at the Waltz-Astoria, Astoria, NY on 11/4/10 and at Klavierhaus in New York City, NY on 11/6/10. Working with (and not working with) Bernstein (full concert of Jack Gottlieb music and talk) at the Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, Washington, D.C. on 12/11/10.
Working with Berstein, A Memoir, published by Amadeus Press, 5/10. Two Nigunim: Quiet Nigun and American Nign published and recorded in Nigun Anthology, Vol. II, Transcontinental Music / Theophilous Music, Inc. A Choral Quilt, music by Bernstein, concept & arrangement by Jack Gottlieb, is featured in the Hal Leonard Choral Spectrum promotion which was sent out to thousands of school choir directors. It was also featured in Artistry for All 2010, the Boosey & Hawkes choral promotion.
Jack Gottlieb produced CD recording and wrote narration for Bridal Suite for piano four-hands, by Leonard Bernstein. With Phyllis Newman, narrator and Eric Birk & Bernadette Hoke, pianists. It appears on the Bernstein website. He also has written the entry on Bernstein for the New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2011 and an essay about Bernstein’s opera A Quiet Place: “Bernstein, the Reluctant Serialist,” on New York City Opera website.
Working With Bernstein, A Memoir by Jack Gottlieb is scheduled for release in Spring 2010 from Amadeus Press, a division of Hal Leonard. Funny, It Doesn’t Sound Jewish was used as the textbook for “Jews, Music and Identity in America,” a course led by Judith Pinnolis, spring 2009 at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Brandeis University. Tone-rows at Lincoln Center, originally compiled and recorded by Gottlieb in 1965 to alert audiences to their seats at Avery Fisher Hall concerts, and heard there daily for 40 years, was again used for one night only at the re-opening of Alice Tully Hall on February 22, 2010. The composer served as producer for the premiere recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Bridal Suite for piano four-hands; the pianists are Eric Birk and Bernadette Hoke, and narration written by Gottlieb is performed by Phyllis Newman. The CD is now available from the Bernstein website. Pianists Birk and Hoke also performed the composer’s Gershwin Medley for piano four-hands, March 8, 2009, on a benefit recital for the Dalton Chorale, in New York, NY.
Rick’s Place, a trio for violin, cello, and piano, will be introduced by Ani Kavafian, Carter Brey and Benjamin Pasternack, April 18 with an afternoon performance at Morrow Church in Maplewood, NJ and an evening performance at Temple Emanu-El in Westfield, NJ.
Tim Koch led the Carolina Chamber choir in a performance of Presidential Suite, seven pieces for a cappella chorus, broadcast February 16, 2009, over WQXR-FM, NY; three excerpts from Presidential Suite were also performed October 10 by the Holland Chorale, led by Ryan Kelly, West Ottawa Performing Arts Center. Twilight Crane for woodwind quintet and narrator was heard in a March 2 performance by the Woodward Corridor Musician’s Woodwind Quintet, under the direction of Douglas Bianchi, Clawson City Hall, MI. Soprano Michelle Howard-Hanson and pianist David Chapman presented a set of three songs entitled Downtown Blues for Uptown Halls, April 19, Memorial Universalist Church, Camp Springs, MD, while Tzur Yisrael was heard in a May 18 organ recital by Paul Vander Weele, Elliott Chapel, Evanston, IL. Half Kaddish for SATB and keyboard was performed November 6 at the 2009 Biennial, Union of Reform Judaism, Toronto, Ontario; and Letting Go, a vocalise for soprano saxophone and piano, was presented November 11 by saxophonist Jordan P. Smith and pianist Boris Buyukyildirim, Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY. The choral dance Set Me as a Seal will be heard in February in a performance by the Conservatory Chorus of Chicago (IL) College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University.
A Choral Quilt, for SATB, soloists, and piano; music by Leonard Bernstein, concept and arrangement by the composer; by Hal Leonard.
The new work The Listener’s Guide to Old-Time Movies: An Opera in Nine Scenes for Six Singers (book: Gottlieb/Edward Field) was recently completed. The book Funny, It Doesn’t Sound Jewish is being used in universities in the U.S. and England and was the basis for a 2007-08 University Without Walls course. The San Francisco Public Library listed the book as recommended reading, while the composer’s music was featured on an evening service, June 13, 2008, preceding Book Talk, at Temple Emanu-El of Westchester, Rye, NY. As part of the Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds Festival, Gottlieb wrote and narrated “Leonard Bernstein: A Jewish Legacy,” a concert of little-known songs, choral, and piano works along with more celebrated pieces, Jewish Museum, NY, featuring vocalists Robert Abelson, Andres Felipe Aristizabal, Heather Buck and Janice Meyerson, the Amor Artis Chamber Choir directed by Johannes Somary, and the Birk-Hoke piano duo, October 23. The concert included the premieres It’s the Jews (realized from a Bernstein sketch) and A Choral Quilt (concept/arrangement by Gottlieb). The concert was repeated November 6 at the Center for Jewish History, NY. Gottlieb appeared in a discussion about Irving Berlin in the documentary The Jewish Americans, broadcast on PBS.
Presidential Suite, Opus 7, received multiple performances in 2008: Seattle (WA) Choral Company led by Fred Coleman, February 9-10; St. Mark’s Cathedral, 17 May, Seattle, performance conducted by Loren Pontén; Waukegan (IL) Concert Chorus, under the direction of Sylvanus T. Tyler III, November 1, First Presbyterian Church; also broadcast in November over WQXR-FM, New York, NY. Soprano Meredith Stone, pianist Thomas Osuga and clarinetist Mara Plotkin presented Downtown Blues for Uptown Halls, March 12, Diller-Quaile School of Music, New York, NY; while soprano Alecia Batson gave a performance of Duet of Hope on May 4, Old South Church, Boston, MA. Tefilot Sheva cantor Judith Naimark, and pianist David Christopher presented New Sons of Praise, May 18, Delaware Valley Chorale concert, Grace Methodist Church, Wilmington, DE. Three Candle Blessings and Set Me as a Seal were broadcast October 3, Yevarechecha October 8, and Haiku Souvenirs in November, all over WQXR-FM, NY. The John Alexander Singers performed In the Jungle, November 8-9, Samueli Theater, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Santa Ana, CA; while three selections from Songs of Godlove were performed by soprano Dominique Boucard and pianist Bernadette Hoke as part of a Marc Chagall exhibit, December 6, Museum of Biblical Art, New York, NY.