Composing A Heart for Clarinet, Stories
and Life! Music by Craig D. Ames Spoken words by Bess de Farber November 19th, 7.30 p.m. Civic Media Center 433 South Main Street, Gainesville With holdings of over 92,000 volumes, the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica is considered the foremost Jewish Studies research collection in the Southeastern United States. In terms of many of its scarce, late 19th to early 20th century imprints, the Price Library of Judaica ranks among the top 20 academic libraries in the world. The history and culture of Latin American Jewry is a particular collecting strength. Especially noteworthy are the 700+ publications from or about Argentina, including many scarce journals, newspapers, and community publications not easily found elsewhere. For more information, please contact: Dr. Rebecca Jefferson Head, Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica firstname.lastname@example.org Images: Bess de Farber, 1958, South Beach Pier, Mi ami Beach, Florida. Photos by Joseph Farber Recordings used in Composing A Heart: 1984Adagio, Clarinet Concerto, K. 622, Mozart St. Cecilias Catholic Church, Clearwater, Florida Bess de Farber, clarinet; Mark Prader, organ 1996Catalina Husson, Interview La Plata, Argentina 1975-Clarinet Concerto, K. 622, Mozart Rollins College, Knowles Memorial Chapel, Winter Park, Florida Bess de Farber, clarinet with Florida Symphony Orchestra Many thanks to those who have contributed to producing Composing A Heart: Demetrius Klein Dance Company who commissioned Composing A Heart in 1996; Estrella Aruj for translation assistance, and support from the entire Gail Family especially Tia Lita. The Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica Image from Israel (August 29, 1941), a weekly newspaper produced in Buenos Aires (http://ufdc.ufl.edu/judaica)
n Dedicated to the childr en of immigrants, Composing A Heart combines spoken word, taped recordings, music bo x, original music for clarinet, and photographs. Co-created by award winning musical theatre composer Craig Ames and clarinet ist/storyteller Bess de Farber, the presentation engages the audience in a series of skillfully-delivered and captivating stories about de Farbers life and family history. Poignant (and often comical), Composing A Heart celebrates the lives of her parents with stories of their emigration to Miami Beach from Poland and Argentina. Following the performance, de Farbers interactive discussion connects the audience to her story and their own. Composing A Heart has been presented in concert at such noteworthy venues as the Caldwell Theatre, Jewish Museum of Florida, and Steinway Hall in NYC, as well as both recorded and live on National Public Radio. Clarinetist, Bess de Farber has spent her life performing recital and chamber music concerts. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Southern California where she studied with Mitchell Lurie, one of the most respected clarinet professors in the world. She was fortunate to study and perform with former CBS Symphony conductor and composer, Alfredo Antonini. In the 1980s, she served as the musician-in-re sidence in Pinellas County, Florida, and performed chamber music concerts for clarinet, soprano and pian o extensively throughout Florida for 10 years. De Fa rber has been featured in recital and chamber music programs at the Norton Museum of Art, Kravis Ce nter for the Performing Arts, Rollins College, Jewish Museum of Florida, Flagler and Vizcaya house museums, and Steinway Hall in NY. Composer, music director and teacher, Craig D. Ames, has extensive credits in musical theatre. As a composer, Ames has created the musical scores for theatres in Palm Beach County and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He has also served as the director of musical theatre programs in the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. He is the recipient of numerous Carbonell Awards, South Floridas prestigious Theater & Arts Honors.