Composing A Heart and Other Immigrant Stories ... collecting and studying the fragments of a life

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Composing A Heart and Other Immigrant Stories ... collecting and studying the fragments of a life
Jefferson, Rebecca
de Farber, Bess
Hood, Barbara
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Dedicated to the children of immigrants, Composing A Heart combines spoken word, original music for clarinet and piano, audio recordings, a music box, and photographs. Co-created by award winning musical theatre composer Craig Ames and clarinetist/storyteller Bess de Farber, the presentation engages audiences in a series of skillfully-delivered and captivating stories about de Farbers life and immigrant family history. Poignant and often comical, Composing A Heart celebrates the lives of her parents with stories of their emigration to Florida from Poland and Argentina. Composing A Heart has been presented at such noteworthy venues as the Levis JCC and the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton, the University of Florida, Jewish Museum of Florida, and Steinway Hall in New York City, as well as on National Public Radio. This special concert, dedicated to the memory of Daniel Pearl, will be preceded by an oral history performance of immigrant stories found in the Judaica Library of the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. These will be presented by Rebecca Jefferson, curator of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica.October 6, 2013, 3:00 p.m. Jewish Community Alliance Theater 8505 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, Florida Refreshments and interactive discussion to follow Clarinetist Bess de Farber studied at the University of Southern California, with Mitchell Lurie, the premier clarinetist in motion picture music and indeed in the world according to Leonard Bernstein. She was fortunate to study and perform works arranged for her by former CBS Symphony conductor and composer, Alfredo Antonini. Bess has been featured in many recital and chamber music programs throughout Florida and beyond. Composer, pianist, music director, and teacher, Craig D. Ames studied with Russian pianist Xhanna Dawson at the University of Wisconsin, as well as French pianist Phillipe DreVet. He has extensive credits in musical theatre and has been awarded numerous Carbonell Awards for his musical directing and arranging for, and performing in productions in South Florida. Rebecca Jeerson is curator of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida. With holdings of over 100,000 volumes, the Price Library is considered the foremost Jewish studies research collection in the southeastern United States; in terms of its scarce late 19th and early 20th century imprints, it ranks among the top 20 academic libraries in the world. Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica Sponsored by: Center for the Arts and Public Policy University of Florida The Jewish Community Alliance, Inc. Jacksonville, Florida