Mohawk Trail Concerts, in collaboration with the Yiddish Book Center, will present a concert on Sunday, November 22nd at 2 pm, at the Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St, Amherst. The concert will feature the Adaskin String Trio, with Pascal Archer, clarinet, and Annie Trépanier, violin. Works performed will be The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, by Osvaldo Golijov, for string quartet and klezmer clarinet, as well as the Quintet for clarinet and strings of W. A. Mozart. Both pieces will be preceded by an introductory talk by Zeke Hecker.

The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind is an epic work which, in a way, is an outline of the history of the Jewish people. Eight centuries ago Isaac the Blind, the great kabbalist rabbi of Provence, dictated a manuscript in which he asserted that all things and events in the universe are products of combinations of the Hebrew alphabet’s letters. Golijov used this manuscript as the inspiration of his composition.

Hailed by the New York Times as “outstanding clarinetist,” Pascal Archer leads an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player and teaching artist. He is currently Principal Clarinet and board member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and Principal Clarinet of the Long Island Philharmonic. He is also a former member of the New World Symphony, where he performed for four seasons under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. In recent years he has collaborated with the JACK and St. Lawrence string quartets, New York Wind Soloists and Adaskin String Trio, and toured with Musicians from Marlboro. He has performed at renowned festivals such as Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Monadnock, UBS Verbier Orchestra and Spoleto USA.

The dynamic Adaskin String Trio, all natives of Canada, met in Montreal as students of founding Orford Quartet cellist Marcel Saint-Cyr. They were ensemble-in-residence at The Hartt School (CT) for two years, where they worked with the Emerson Quartet. The trio recorded the complete Beethoven String Trios (Musica Omnia) to critical acclaim from the American Record Guide (“Highly desirable...strongly recommended”) and Gramophone ( “Superb playing...a flexible command of flow and phrase with instrumental power and eloquence and a nutty tonal richness”).

Violinist Annie Trépanier’s playing has been hailed by The Boston Globe as “supercharged, clear-headed, yet soulful.” She is a founding member of the acclaimed Avery Ensemble, and has performed throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Tickets for the concert are $23 for adults; 16 years old and under are free. Tickets are available on the Mohawk Trail Concerts website.
Tickets are also available at the door, cash and checks only.

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