Los Angeles Jewish Symphony: Ernest Bloch and Eric Zeisl, with Dance Company Bodytraffic
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<p>Ernest Bloch: Suite Modale for Flute and Strings
Eric Zeisl: Jacob and Rachel, a biblical ballet</p> <p>The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony and contemporary dance company Bodytraffic premier a concert celebration honoring famed composers Ernest Bloch and Eric Zeisl, whose compositions still continue to thrill concert-goers 50 years after their deaths.</p> <p>This musical spectacular, conducted by the symphony's founder/artistic director Dr. Noreen Green, showcases Ernest Bloch's Suite Modale for Flute and Strings and "Jacob and Rachel," a biblical ballet by Eric Zeisl. The evening spotlights Bodytraffic, a repertory dance ensemble providing Los Angeles with innovative and beautiful dancers from around the globe, and features world premiere choreography by Sarah Elgart, Laura Gorenstein-Miller and Andrea Miller.</p> <p>"Both Ernest Bloch and Eric Zeisl are composers who created music with great spiritual expression," said Dr Green. "Both composers' music reflect Jewish culture as well as European traditions.I'm delighted to see Zeisl's music performed and come to life through the dance interpretation of world-class choreographers and dancers. Randy Schoenberg, a long-time LAJS Board member and the grand-son of Eric Zeisl, and I have been dreaming of producing Zeisl's biblical ballet for years.We are both delirious with excitement to have that dream fulfilled."</p> <p> </p> <p>The exhilarating evening will open with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony performing the "Suite Modale for Flute and Strings" by Ernest Bloch.As part of LAJS' mission to give opportunities to emerging performers, the flute soloist will be Alexandra Wallin, who is working on a degree in flute performance at USC's Thornton School of Music. Following intermission, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony and Bodytraffic will perform Eric Zeisl's ballet "Jacob and Rachel." Zeisl's ballet music reflects his style of "expressive melody, rich harmonies, strong dance-derived rhythms and imaginative scoring."</p>