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Munich orchestra features works rarely played

Posted on Sep. 24th, 2013
Press Release
Johnson County Community College
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Orchester Jakobsplatz München, made up of musicians from more than 20 countries, will perform at the Carlsen Center's Yardley Hall at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Johnson County Community College.

The Munich orchestra was founded in 2005 under the leadership of Music Director Daniel Grossmann. The programming focuses on rarely played works by Jewish composers combined with music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The orchestra also commissions works with Jewish connections.

Tickets, which are $33 and $27, are available at the college box office at 913-469-4445 or online at

The program will include Felix Mendelssohn, String Symphony No. 12 in G Minor;
Erwin Schulhoff, Hot Sonata (Arranged for saxophone and chamber orchestra by Harry White); Gideon Klein, Partita for Strings; and Gustav Mahler, Adagio from Symphony No. 10 (Arranged for chamber orchestra by Daniel Grossmann).

A conductor's talk will take place earlier in the day at 2 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center campus at 5801 W. 115th St., Leawood. The college is grateful for the support of the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and funding from the Norman Glazer and Jean Burstein Glazer Fund, the Louis and Frances Swinken Supporting Fund and the Earl J. and Leona K. Tranin Special Fund through the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

Providing a pre-concert talk will be Dr. William Everett, professor of musicology at the Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri-Kansas City. He will speak at 7 p.m. in the Carlsen Center's Recital Hall.

The orchestra, which is touring North America this year, has toured as ambassadors of German-Jewish musical culture to Hungary, Israel, Moldova, the Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Sweden.

It also has engaged in a series of co-productions with the Bavarian State Theater. And it has performed with well-known soloists who include Tanja Becker-Bender, Adrian Brendel, Kevin Conners, Sergei Leiferkus, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Ann-Katrin Naidu, Tatiana Pavlovskaya and Talia Or.

The Orchestra Jakobsplatz Munich has recorded two CDs for the label NEOS Music. A well-received recording included works by John Cage and an additional new release presented works by the Jewish composer Paul Ben-Haim, who has once again received significant attention in recent years.