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Concert Band performs commissioned piece

March 29, 2019

Campus Connection News

The Saint Mary’s University Concert Band presented the world-premiere performance of the composition “Nigun Prophecy” at their spring concert March 10. “Nigun Prophecy” was written by award-winning American composer David Avshalomov as part of the Kaplan Commission Project at Saint Mary’s. The Helen and Sam Kaplan Foundation gave Saint Mary’s a significant financial gift 20 years ago for the purpose of building a Jewish-Christian dialogue and providing means for students to directly interact with Jewish religion and culture. Commissioned work is typically based on Jewish melodic material, either folk or religious sources. The concert also featured works from different musical traditions, including French, Irish, Italian, Russian, and American, which fit the theme of Music In Our Schools Month of All Music All People. Check out a video of their performance.