Paul Schoenfield wrote his first composition while he still had his baby teeth, and now at age sixty-two, he's considered an original American composer who mixes classical, jazz and popular music forms- and adds his own twist. A staple in the orchestral and chamber music repertoire, the versatile Schoenfeld also happens to be a math and Hebrew scholar, having lived on a kibbutz in Israel teaching math for some time. One of his best known works is the piano trio Cafe Music, which is full of verve and showmanship, while tonight's selection, Ufaratsta, is derived from his own improvisations based on Jewish folk music. Also tonight, music of Paul Lansky, Nino Rota and John Corigliano.
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