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Colorado Chamber Players
Classical Concert

Jewish Sounds of Soviet Russia

Jewish and Yiddish music have always found their way into Russian music. The role of Jewish composers in Russia changed dramatically after the rise of Stalin and after World War II.  While Jewish music was officially banned (or declared non-existent) after World War II, many composers continued to incorporate Jewish themes into their pieces.

Russian composers Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev and Jewish composers Miecyzslaw Weinberg and Mikhail Gnesin all managed to weave Ashkenazi Jewish folk music into their compositions, in spite of anti-Semitic repression under Stalin’s rule.  This evening’s program explores specific pieces with Jewish elements by these composers.  Colorado Chamber Players musicians offer spoken program notes.


Overture on Hebrew Themes, Sergei Prokofiev

Piano Quintet, op. 11, “Requiem”, Mikhail Gnesin


Excerpt from String Quartet no. 4, op. 83, Dmitri Shostakovich

Piano Quintet, op.18, Miecyzslaw Weinberg

Colorado Chamber Players, a fully-professional mixed chamber ensemble, delivers intimate, captivating performances of classical music in locations across the Denver area. One of Denver’s finest chamber music ensembles, Colorado Chamber Players includes many top-level musicians in the Rocky Mountain region. The group’s core is string quartet, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, piano, harp and guitar.

The Colorado Chamber Players has served as the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Denver School of the Arts since 2013, and will continue as Teaching Artists during the 2016-17 school year.