Judaica Division Concert Includes World Premiere

Hemment with GSAS student  

Israeli composer Betty Olivero's new concerto, "Kri'ot" will have its world premiere at the Judaica Division's "Israel at 60: Six Decades of Innovative Music" concert next month.


October 16, 2008 – As part of its celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of Israel, the Harvard College Library’s Judaica Division will next month host the world premiere of a saxophone concerto composed by an award-winning Israeli composer.

Composed by Betty Olivero, the concerto, entitled “Kri’ot,” is part of a concert, “Israel at 60: Six Decades of Innovative Music” which will include performances of a handful of pieces by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

A limited number of complimentary tickets to the performance, which will also feature works by some of Israel’s most influential composers will be made available to Harvard affiliates, said Charles Berlin, head of the Judaica Division.

“We really would like to provide more access for people who might be interested (in the concert,)” Berlin said this week, of the complimentary ticket offer.

The concert, which will be held at the Sanders Theatre on November 2, at 3 p.m., will also include compositions from Paul Ben-Haim, Mark Kopytman and Joseph Tal. A pre-concert talk with Avi Hanani, director of classical music at the Israel Broadcasting Authority begins at 2 p.m.

Olivero’s composition was commissioned by the Friends of the Harvard Judaica Collection through a gift from David B. Keidan, ’66, president of the group. The concert is sponsored by the Judaica Division and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston.

Members of the Harvard community interested in receiving one or two complimentary tickets to the performance can contact the Judaica Division at juddiv@fas.harvard.edu