"It's all just music! - Classic, Klezmer, Jazz" - a musical soiree with Susanne Ortner (clarinets, sax), David Benett (Cello), and Daniel May (piano) performing beautiful Jewish-inflected Classical pieces by composers such as Max Bruch, Ernest Bloch, and Joachim Stutschevsky, as well as unique renditions of Gershwin-tunes and traditional Klezmer pieces in unusual arrangements.
Susanne Ortner: German clarinetist Susanne Ortner is internationally acclaimed both as a soloist and as a member various chamber music, jazz, and klezmer ensembles. The German Newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine states that she is “a musician par excellence, capable of moving you deeply“. Susanne is a graduate of the Leopold Mozart Conservatory, and the University of Augsburg (MA in Music and German literature). Following an invitation by the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, she has been accompanying Pittsburgh area Holocaust Survivors at schools and Universities creating the musical framework for their stories. Susanne is a serious researcher of Eastern European music, and offers Klezmer Workshops. Besides master classes and lectures at the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University, she instructed the klezmer band at the Agency for Jewish Learning, was the interim director of the Carpathian Ensemble at The University of Pittsburgh, and has been coaching the CMU/Hillel klezmer band. She currently holds an adjunct teaching position at Washington & Jefferson College. Susanne has arranged and composed music for many theatrical productions including “Mazel” by Amy Hartman (Jewish Theatre Pittsburgh), “Our Class” by Tadeusz Slobodzianek (Pittsburgh Irish And Classical Theatre), and the complete score for “Weihnachtsgeschichte” for the Augsburger Puppenkiste. She appears on several CDs, including “A Trip To America” and “Hot World Chamber Music” (Ortner-Roberts Duo), “A Tribute to Teenie Harris” (Manchester Craftsmen’s Guilde), “Khosn Kale Mazl-Tov” (Sing Your Soul), and has done book and film projects. She is the subject of the recent book “Living the Dream” – Für die Musik nach Amerika” (Wissner Verlag Augsburg, 2011), written by German Television journalist Helge Fuhst.
David Benett, Cello: David studied cello with Shirley Trepel at Rice University, and also with Henry Elman of the Royal Philharmonic. He performs locally with
the duo, Cello Cello, the Rosewood Trio and with Daniel May at the Fairmont Hotel.
Douglas Levine is a pianist, composer, arranger and musical director based in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Doug has written or arranged music for companies including Attack Theatre, City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Gateway to the Arts, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Playhouse REP, Pennsylvania Dance Theatre, Renaissance City Women’s Choir and the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater Festival. Honors include selection for the 2011 Prague Quadrennial and the Frankel Award for artistic achievement. Doug is an adjunct faculty member of Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. www.levinemusic.com