This week the Young Artists Showcase eavesdrops on the season opener from Astral Artists in Philadelphia. This concert, recorded live at a church on Rittenhouse Square, explores the juxtaposition of old and new musical cultures and eras. Astral Artists is non-profit organization founded 22 years ago to support exceptional young artists.
This program of mostly Jewish music from the Church of the Holy Trinity begins with a divertimento from an opera by New York composer David Schiff. The full work is a setting of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story “Gimpel the Fool” and can be performed in English or the original Yiddish. Then a movement from Osvaldo Golijov’s klezmer suite "The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind." Both works feature standout performances by Showcase alum Romie de Guise-Langlois, who was recently described by The New York Times as “a wonderful young clarinetist.” Each piece on the program represents a bridge between old and new.
For a fitting finale, a quartet of Astral Artists performed Antonin Dvorak’s “American” Quartet.
David Schiff: Divertimento from "Gimpel the Fool"
— Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet; Luosha Fang, violin; Christine Lamprea, cello; Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano.
Osvaldo Golijov: "The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind," third movement
— Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet; Nikki Chooi, Luosha Fang, violin; Ayane Kozasa, viola; Christine Lamprea, cello.
Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet No. 12 in F, "American"
— Nikki Chooi, Luosha Fang, violin; Ayane Kozasa, viola; Christine Lamprea, cello.