"Lilith, the Night Demon, in One Lewd Act"
Veretski Pass and San Francisco Choral Artists
Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m.
JCC East Bay
1414 Walnut St.
World premiere of a composition by Joshua Horowitz of the internationally renowned Bay Area ensemble Veretski Pass. The trio plays in this performance with San Francisco Choral Artists, a 24-voice chamber ensemble specializing in innovative programming and performance excellence. SFCA has premiered more than 190 works and won the 2012 ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming.
The work is a choral mystery drama based on Jewish superstitions that makes wild use of multilingual texts, and ancient sources, and combines homemade instruments with poly-choral avant-garde gestures to create a fantastic, hysterical, bizarre and often moving musical extravaganza, complete with the trio's improvisations.
Lilith, the adult, alternate Jewish story of creation is transformed into a magical folk opera by Veretski Pass in collaboration with the San Francisco Choral Artists. A group of virtuosic multi-instrumentalists, Veretski Pass brings together Jewish and non-Jewish sounds from across Europe.
The extraordinary and often bizarre score to Lilith, composed by award-winning composer, Josh Horowitz, features both choral and instrumental ensembles as well as Heather Klein (Lilith), Anthony Russell (Adam), and Michael Wex (narrator).
The edgy and humorous libretto draws on texts gleaned from Jewish superstitions, omens, dreams, and curses. San Francisco Choral Artists, a chamber ensemble of 24 singers, is widely recognized as one of the finest choral ensembles on the West Coast. The production is directed by Magen Solomon, artistic director of the Choral Artists.
Part of the 29th Jewish Music Festival
More info: www.jewishmusicfestival.org/events/lilith-the-night-demon