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Charles Valentin Alkan: His Life and Music

Monday, November 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Center for Jewish History, Forchheimer Auditorium, Forchheimer Auditorium 15 West 16th Street New York, NY 10011

Concert and Lecture
Alkan (1813-1888) was a remarkable and enigmatic composer and virtuoso pianist—and a friend and rival of Chopin and Liszt. This year marks the 200th anniversary of his birth. Alkan’s family roots were in Metz, but he was born and lived most of his life in Paris. His striking compositions reflect his intellect and culture as well as his strictly Orthodox upbringing.  Students from Mannes College The New School for Music perform a wide range of Alkan’s music, including solo piano, chamber, concerted and vocal works.  Many of the works played at this event will be New York premieres. Donald Wagner, a leading authority on Alkan, will offer comments and context on Alkan’s life and music.  Fifty years ago, New York was the site of an event that galvanized the modern revival of interest in Alkan.

This program is part of a series of events about the early modern community of Metz, France in honor of the publication of Protocols of Justice: The Pinkas of the Metz Rabbinic Court, 1771-1789, introduction and editing by Jay Berkovitz (Brill Press, 2013). An accompanying exhibition, Circles of Justice, will open in October. The Pinkas (Register) of the Metz Rabbinic Court is a rare and little-known volume from the collections of the YIVO Institute Archives.

presented by Mannes College The New School for Music and The Center for Jewish History

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Music Performances


General Public


Performing Arts


Mannes School of Music


Classical Music


Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 CJH members, seniors & students

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