2024 concert

Tickets

General $20 in advance,
$25 at the door

Child $15

Student $15

Senior $15

Date and Location

Saturday, September 14 at 7:30pm


Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

58 7th Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11217


In the gorgeous historic Park Slope neighborhood.

Easily accessible by subway via the Q train at 7 Av or the 2 and 3 trains at Grand Army Plaza.

Program

Alexander Rodin

Diary of Loneliness for flute, violin, and piano four-hands

Alexander Rodin is a Ukrainian classical composer whose works span various genres of classical music including chamber and symphonic music, opera, ballet, and compositions for ensembles, choirs, and soloists. Prominent works include the opera Kateryna, which was premiered by the Odessa National Opera on September 17, 2022, during the war initiated by Russia against Ukraine; Holy God for symphony orchestra, 2022, commissioned by the Varna Summer Festival in Bulgaria and premiered in June 2022; the ballet Alladdin (2020), which was premiered on the stage of the Kyiv Opera in October 2021; Requiem for symphony orchestra orchestra, choir, and soloists (2015), premiered by the National Philharmonic of Ukraine in 2017, conducted by Roman Kofman; and Stabat mater for soprano, mezzo-soprano, and string orchestra (2014), premiered at the National House of Organ and Chamber Music in 2015, conducted by Bohdam Plish. Alexander’s other works include ballets, symphonic works, chamber works, and numerous pieces for piano, vocalists, and choirs. He has been a member of the National Association of Composers of Ukraine since 2005.

Felix Jarrar

An idyllic beach in Naples for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, and piano four-hands

With music described as “dreamlike” (Boston Globe) and “delightfully cruel” (Operawire), NYC-based Felix Jarrar is a composer/coach/pianist with “(strong) dramatic instincts” (Lewis Spratlan, 2000 Pulitzer Prizewinner in Music) whose “music flows from him in the most natural and lively way” (Tom Cipullo). His list of accomplishments includes performances at Symphony Space, (le) poisson rouge, Feinstein's/54 below, the BAM! Fisher Hillman Studio, Roulette Intermedium, and Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. 


Amongst his 254 works are 224 art songs, 13 operas, 2 string quartets, and a symphony. Past commissions have been given/underwritten by New England Repertory Orchestra, University of Missouri Kansas City, Prismatic Arts Ensemble, Spark Duo, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He writes many of his own texts and also collaborates extensively with stage director/librettist Bea Goodwin. 


An in-demand collaborative pianist, répétiteur, and coach, Jarrar has worked with The New School, Opera Naples, University of Memphis, Opera Ithaca, Penn Square Opera, Hogfish, and Santa Fe Opera (in collaboration with Mannes). In 2022, he debuted The Jarrar and Brea Duo with soprano Maria Brea. Jarrar’s song “Sun of the Sleepless” was featured on the 2024 GRAMMY-nominated album 40@40 by Laura Strickling and Daniel Schlosberg. This summer, he is the Resident Artist Pianist/Coach and study cover conductor for Rigoletto at Opera North. 


Jarrar completed his Bachelor of Arts from Marlboro College with Highest Honors in Music Composition and Piano Performance. He received his Master of Music degree from Brooklyn College with the Graduate Dean’s Award in Music Composition on the Eleanor Kilcoyne, Cerf Music, and Chancey Memorial Scholarships while holding the prestigious graduate fellowship for assisting Ursula Oppens’ contemporary ensemble in the conservatory. His primary teachers include Jason Eckardt, Stanley Charkey, Tania León, and Robert Merfeld. He was mentored by piano pedagogue Burton Hatheway.

Zach Hicks

New Work for flute, oboe, clarinet, and piano

Zach Hicks is a composer, flutist, and educator born and based in Brooklyn. His music has been performed by groups such as Horizon Ensemble chamber orchestra, Cassatt Quartet, and Sputter Box. As a flutist, Zach has performed with Orchestra 201, the Union City Philharmonic, Utopia Opera, and NY Youth Symphony. He is the founder of the Park Slope Woodwind Quintet and is on the faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory’s Music's Partners Program. He graduated from the New England Conservatory with a Masters in Music Composition in May 2020.

Benjamin Britten

Gemini Variations for flute, violin, and piano four- hands

Camille Saint-Saëns

Caprice sur des Airs Danois et Russes, op. 79, for flute, oboe, clarinet, and piano

Performers

Shoshana Klein, oboe

Shoshana Klein (she/they) enjoys hosting potluck dinners, bringing together random groups of friends, yelling about climate justice, walking long distances that could easily be traversed via public transportation, and playing the oboe in ways that it was not necessarily intended to be played. On that last note, Shoshana is an oboist and arts administrator who is passionate about artistic communities and creative spaces that are open and welcoming. She is interested in developing curricula and initiatives to push the music world forward as well as the arts community as a whole - in terms of inclusivity, openness, economic structures, and technology. Shoshana welcomes multidisciplinary collaboration and different social applications of the arts. They have attended the Fresh Inc, Divergent Studio, and Bang on a Can Festivals, and performed dozens of world premieres and original compositions, including performances at venues in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, Montreal, North Adams, Massachusetts; and New York City. Shoshana has music performance degrees from Carnegie Mellon and McGill Universities, is one of the organizers of New Music Gathering, and was one of the organizers and co-founders of zFestival, a virtual new music festival that ran for three iterations during 2020-2021.

Zach Hicks, flute

Zach Hicks is a composer, flutist, and educator born and based in Brooklyn. His music has been performed by groups such as Horizon Ensemble chamber orchestra, Cassatt Quartet, and Sputter Box. As a flutist, Zach has performed with Orchestra 201, the Union City Philharmonic, Utopia Opera, and NY Youth Symphony. He is the founder of the Park Slope Woodwind Quintet and is on the faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory’s Music's Partners Program. He graduated from the New England Conservatory with a Masters in Music Composition in May 2020.

Ethan Usoskin, clarinet

Sommer Altier, violin

Pianists to be announced soon!

Off the Chamber's 2024 Concert is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

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