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Germany holds world premiere of Ofer Ben-Amots' "Klezmer Concerto"

The world premiere of Ofer Ben-Amots “Klezmer Concerto,” a piece he composed for the clarinet and orchestra, was performed by internationally acclaimed clarinetist David Krakauer in Michelstadt, Germany, on July 15. The three performances, held on the same night, were part of the Michelstadt Music-Night (Musiknacht) 2006.

The Portland Chamber Orchestra, with soloist David Krakauer and conductor Yaakov Bergman, also performed Ben-Amots work in a concert titled “From Darkness to Light” on Oct. 14. The piece was described by The Oregonian as “a bolt of lightning” and “a delirious delight.” Last week the Portland Chamber Orchestra board of directors selected the Oct. 14 concert recording of the “Klezmer Concerto” to be published as a promotional CD.

Ben-Amots’ compositions are performed regularly in concert halls and festivals worldwide, including such orchestras as the Zurich Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, ORF-Austrian Radio Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, The Moscow Camerata, the Filarmonici di Sicili, the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and the symphonies of Heidelberg, Erfurt, Brandenburg, and Colorado Springs, among others. His compositions have been professionally recorded by the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Barcelona Royal Symphony, the BBC Singers, and the renowned Czech choirs Permonik and Jitro.