Ran, Shulamit

Shulamit Ran

Shulamit Ran; Photo by Edward Chick

Two new compositions by Shulamit Ran received major premieres this past year. The Show Goes On, her Clarinet Concerto, commissioned by “Clarinet Days” in Israel, was performed in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in December 2008 by the Buchman-Mehta Orchestra of the Tel Aviv Academy of Music. Lyre of Orpheus, a string sextet commissioned by the New York-based Concertante as part of a series of commissions and highlighting cellist Zvi Plesser as soloist, was heard in a three-city East-coast tour, including New York’s Merkin Hall. Ran’s Credo/Ani Ma’amin of 2006, commissioned by Chanticleer and recorded in its abridged version on Warner Classics, was recently presented for the first time in its complete version at Rockefeller Chapel, where it was sung by the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble from Indiana University directed by Carmen Helena Tellez. Ran’s lectures this season, in the U.S. and in Israel, included a composers colloquium at the Juilliard School of Music. For 2010 Ran has accepted the prestigious Howard Hanson Visiting Professorship at Eastman School of Music which will consist of several residencies during the winter and spring of 2010. She is also continuing to serve a 3-year term as Vice President for Music with the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her future compositional projects include a work for the Rascher Saxophone Quartet together with the Ars Nova Choir directed by Paul Hillier, slated to receive its first performance in June 2010 as part of the the renowned sacred music festival International Orgel Woche, in Nuremberg, Germany, which has commissioned the work.

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