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Professor Noam Sheriff

We are saddened with the passing of Professor Noam Sheriff, a friend and a member of the society.

Noam, a person of great achievements and a and pillar of Israeli music, inspired us all.

He will be greatly missed.

The members and management of the Marc Lavry Heritage Society. …

Newsletter: Discovery in the Radio archive – a lost recording of Marc Lavry

 

Newsletter from March 23, 2017:

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While wandering through dozens of unidentified recordings that the National Library received from the Israeli Broadcasting Service, I stumbled upon a recording which style I immediately recognized. Although I had never heard the composition, Lavry oozed from it.
I identified the instruments – two flutes, cello and piano, and understood to …

Newsletter: Purim – Lavry Style

 

Newsletter from March 21, 2016:

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Efrat, Marc Lavry’s daughter, recalls:

Coaching young American singers at his home

I remember one of the many parties at my parents house. It was Purim (the Jewish holiday where people dress up in costumes). As usual, Dad sat at the piano and described in music the character of each guest’s costume as they walked in the door.

Marc Lavry’s European Period

 

Newsletter from September 8, 2015:

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The Jewish Minority Theater of Riga Five Orchestral Concerts Marc Lavry, Conductor March 1934

The Jewish Minority Theater of Riga
Five Orchestral Concerts Marc Lavry, Conductor
March 1934

At the beginning of his career, Marc Lavry did not write any works with Jewish themes. Suddenly, during his stay in Berlin between 1928-1933, the composer wrote five Jewish compositions: Jewish Folk Songs for String Quartet (Op. 14),…

Singer Bracha Zefira inspires Composer Marc Lavry

Marc Lavry was introduced to Yemenite music by singer Bracha Zefira for whom he wrote numerous arrangements. They collaborated on many performances and recordings. Lavry loved Zefira’s voice, her musicality, and was especially influenced by her repertoire.

The third movement of Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1, Opus 201, is based on the song “Ta’am Haman” (the Taste of the Manna), which Bracha Zefira presented to Lavry.
In …

Newsletter: The Opera Dan Hashomer (Dan The Guard) at the Israeli National Library

 

Newsletter from April 30, 2015:

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Dan hashomer - Eng

 

Additional information about the composition: Dan Hashomer (Dan the Guard), Opera, Op. 158.

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Newsletter: Oratorio Sacred Service to be performed at the Jewish Music Days Festival

 

Newsletter from February 10, 2015:

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The Oratorio Sacred Service (Avodat Hakodesh) by Marc Lavry will be performed in February 2015 at the Jewish Music Days Festival at the University of Haifa.

 

Sacred Service at Temple Emanu-El, San Francisco 1955

Sacred Service at Temple Emanu-El
San Francisco 1955

60 years ago Marc Lavry was invited to write the Oratorio Sacred Service for Temple Emanu-El in…

Officer Lavry

Officer Marc Lavry 2 Officer Marc Lavry 1Like all young men in Russia, Marc Lavry was enlisted to the army.
Lavry, did not want to serve in the military, but wanted much less to be labeled as a “Draft Dodger Jew”. (To join he even hid an injury from when he was 12 that nearly caused his arm to be amputated.)

Lavry served briefly as an officer in the Russian cavalry. With the exception of two …

Happy New Jewish Year

 

A New Year greeting from September 22, 2014:

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In Lavry’s desk drawer we found a personalized New Year greeting card of the composer and his wife from the late Fifties.
(Interestingly, Helena Lavry signed as Ellen in English since her American friends called her so.)

A personalized New Year greeting card of Lavry and his wife from the  late Fifties

A personalized New Year greeting card of Lavry and his wife from

Lavry’s Three Jewish Dances at the Indianapolis Spirit and Place Festival

University of IndianapolisMarc Lavry’s Three Jewish Dances for Piano (Op. 190) will be performed and discussed by pianist Elisabeth Hoegberg as part of “Musical Journeys of Immigrant Composers,” a recital sponsored by the Indianapolis Spirit and Place Festival that explores in music and words how emigration shaped composers’ lives and artistry.

Details:
Time: Monday, November 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna …