MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC
TO PAY TRIBUTE TO OUTGOING PRESIDENT ROBERT SIROTA
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 AT 7:30 PM
IN SCHOOL’S BORDEN AUDITORIUM
with a Chamber Music Concert
“THE SIROTAS PLAY SIROTA” performed by family and friends
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Left to right: Jonah Sirota, Victoria Sirota, Robert Sirota, and Nadia Sirota.
Photo by Brian Hatton.
New York, N.Y. – Manhattan School of Music will be paying tribute to its outgoing president, Robert Sirota, on Thursday, September 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the School’s Borden Auditorium. That evening a chamber music concert titled “The Sirotas Play Sirota” will be performed by the Sirota family and friends. Robert Sirota leaves Manhattan School of Music at the end of October 2012 following seven years at as MSM’s president to pursue his career as a composer fulltime.
The all- Sirota program will begin with a world premiere and conclude with a world premiere. Constellations (2012) will begin the program and will feature the Sirota family made up of Robert Sirota, composer and piano; Victoria Sirota, celeste; and Jonah and Nadia Sirota, violists. The concert will conclude with Twelve Days (2012), composed especially for this occasion that will feature six violists – Jonah Sirota, Nadia Sirota, Daniel Avshalomov, Karen Dreyfus, Hsin-Yun Huang and Nicholas Mann. Additional works that will be offered include the adagio movement from his Sonata for Cello and Piano (1988) performed by cellist Norman Fischer and pianist Jeanne Kierman Fischer, who also recorded the work for Gasparo Records; followed by A Sinner’s Diary (2005) showcasing Jonah and Nadia Sirota, violists; David Geber, cello; Linda Chesis, flute and piccolo; Minyoung Kang, piano and James Ritchie, percussion; and Remembrance (1988) comprising four songs on sonnets by Shakespeare, performed by Charlotte Mundy, mezzo-soprano; Minyoung Kang, piano; Nicholas Mann, viola; David Geber, cello; Stephan Taylor, oboe; and Alan Kay, clarinet.
“Bob Sirota has made an enormous contribution to Manhattan School of Music,” declared MSM Board Chairman Peter Robbins. “He has helped redefine, reposition and focus the School’s mission in the constantly changing landscape of those who contribute and define the world of musical content and performance. Bob has worked to attract and retain the best students, faculty and administrators, who not only respect and admire our rich musical heritage, but continue to be trail blazers at the forefront of musical achievement.”
The Sirotas Play Sirota
Chamber Music by Robert Sirota performed by Family and Friends
Thursday, September 13, 2012; 7:30 p.m.; Manhattan School of Music; Borden Auditorium
Constellations (2012) world premiere
Jonah and Nadia Sirota, violas; Robert Sirota, piano; Victoria Sirota, celeste
Sonata for Cello and Piano (1988)
Norman Fischer, cello; Jeanne Kierman Fischer, piano
A Sinner’s Diary (2005)
Jonah and Nadia Sirota, violas; David Geber, cello; Linda Chesis, flute/piccolo; Minyoung Kang, piano
James Ritchie, percussion
Charlotte Mundy, mezzo-soprano; Minyoung Kang, piano; Nicholas Mann, viola; David Geber, cello; Stephen Taylor, oboe; Alan Kay clarinet
Twelve Days (2012) world premiere
Jonah Sirota, Nadia Sirota, Daniel Avshalomov, Karen Dreyfus, Hsin-Yun Huang, Nicholas Mann