Bonia Shur is a rarity among composers of sacred music. For starters, more than 300 of his compositions are standards in Reform Jewish synagogues. In addition to his liturgical output, Shur has written scores for film, theater and television. Shur’s 88th birthday will be celebrated as Hebrew Union College inaugurates the Classical Concerts on Clifton series with a program of contemporary and classical chamber music performed by the Constella Trio, three internationally acclaimed string players residing in Cincinnati.
Violinist Tanya Berman performs with concert: nova, Yael Senamaud-Cohen is principal violist for the Springfield Symphony and Ilya Finkelshteyn is the CSO’s principal cellist. In addition to works by Beethoven, Schubert and Dohnanyi, the program features Shur’s setting of the Jewish prayer Kol Nidre and a trio by Gideon Klein, a young Czech composer who organized the cultural life in Terezin, a “model” concentration camp the Nazis created to dupe the Red Cross. HUC pays tribute to Shur, emeritus Director of Liturgical Arts, and his extraordinary musical diversity at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. A reception follows the performance. Classical Concerts on Clifton. The concert takes place at Scheuer Chapel at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (3101 Clifton Ave., Clifton). Admission and parking is free.
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