Music that celebrates a variety of traditions – from central Europe to Iran, from the concert hall to the stage of a Broadway theatre – makes up this exhilarating program. Like so much music by nineteenth-century Czech composer Dvořák, this profound chamber work echoes with the traditional songs and dances of his native land. Many others have followed in his footsteps. Two recent examples contribute to this concert: Gabriela Lena Frank with her "Folk Songs," patterned on the melodies of her mother’s home country, Peru, and Iranian Canadian composer Iman Habibi, whose talents have earned him numerous commissions from such major-league ensembles such as the Boston and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. His composition, "Relics," is a theme and variations. The theme is original. “Each of the following variations, each relic,” he says, “explores a distant memory of my childhood.” The concert is rounded out by familiar selections from the classic 1960s musical Fiddler on the Roof including the famous “If I Were a Rich Man” performed and arranged by none other than Kelly Hall-Tompkins, known equally for her Broadway performances of the famous tune and her illustrious career as soloist and chamber musician.

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