Jewish Roots: The Poulenc Trio Celebrates Hanukkah with a World Premiere

The Poulenc Trio presented a special Hanukkah-inspired concert on December 3 2010 at 7:30 PM at the Walters Art Museum and  on December 5 2010 at 6:30 PM at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Highlighting the program was the world premiere of Yiddish Lexicon, by Jakov Jakoulov, a work that humorously explores certain Yiddish words that have made their way into our everyday lives.

The program also featured the Hebrew Overture by Prokofiev, a jazzy-jaunty Trio by Andre Previn and a series of works by Jewish composers including a rarely-heard wind trio by Erwin Schulhoff, the poignant string trio by Gideon Klein, and a set of beautiful string quartet movements by composers who perished at Theresienstadt.

The Poulenc Trio has toured extensively around the world and has commissioned over 20 new works including several triple concertos. The Trio was joined for these concerts by special guest artists including National Symphony cellist Stephen Honigberg, clarinetist Rié Suzuki and violinist Sally McLain. The concert also featured violinist Anton Lande and violist Nicholas Citro, both students at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.