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Ronn Yedidia’s World Dance for clarinet and piano (2010) will be performed by the Vijon Duo (clarinetist Victor Chavez and pianist Jonathan Jung) at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall on June 22, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m.  The concert will also include works by Prokofiev, Jung, Beethoven and Scriabin.

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Ronn Yedidia’s Concertino for clarinet, string trio and piano (2007) will be featured by the American Society for Jewish Music at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street, New York City) on June 4th, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.  It will be part of a special afternoon of Jewish music by 20th and 21st century composers also featuring: Yehudi Wyner, Benjie Ellen Schiller, Joshua Fishbein and Jonathan Leshnoff.  The performers will include: clarinetist Ziqi Yue, pianist Stas Fridman, violinist Amos Lee, violist Seo Hyeon Park, and cellist Christine Chen.

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Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein will perform Ronn Yedidia’s World Dance for clarinet and piano (2010) during his recital at the Beijing Central Conservatory in China on May 27, 2017.
Mr. Fiterstein gave this work’s world premiere at Merkin Concert Hall back in April, 2010, and later released it on his CD debut recording which was an all-Yedidia clarinet & piano music feature on the Naxos label (American Classics; “Impromptu, Nocturne and World Dance”, 2012 release).

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3 of Ronn Yedidia’s KlezDances have been included by the Mastri-Le Cointre Jazz Duo during their recent tour of the Netherlands, Belgium and France. The musicians – pianist Jochem le Cointre and bassist Simon Mastri performed 12 shows last March & April, 2017, in Bruges (most notably – 27 B-flat Jazz Club), Paris, The Hague, Utrecht, Groningen,Leeuwarden, Sneek, Delft, Scheveningen and Wassenaar.  The 3 Yedidia KlezDances formatted as jazz standards by the duo are:  Thalassaki and the Little Shepherd, Celtic Kalkadunga Polka, and Flying Gypsy Polka.
Thalassaki and the Little Shepherd will also be featured on the duo’s coming CD projected for release in the fall of 2017.

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Ronn Yedidia has documented 3 of his solo piano Grand Etudes on video – which are now featured on youtube. The video was made to honor his late teacher and mentor, the legendary pianist Pnina Salzman on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of her passing. It was screened during a special concert at the Tel Aviv Academy celebrating this significant anniversary on December 6, 2016.  The 3 compositions performed by the composer include:
Grand Etude No. 4, “Notturno” – dedicated to Pnina Salzman
Grand Etude No. 17, “Flames on the Water” – dedicated to Alexei Sultanov
Grand Etude No. 18, “Metamorphosis” – dedicated to Alice and Emma Tahmizian

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2016 Centaur Records CD Release of pianist Stephen Beus entitled “Barber, Yedidia & Liszt Piano Works” is now available for viewing on Youtube by NAXOS of America.
Mr. Beus has included 2 of Yedidia’s solo piano works in this album: Fantasy (2007) and Grand Etude No. 7 (“The Flight Over the Ocean”).

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Pianist Gila Goldstein will world-premiere Ronn Yedidia’s Grand Etude No. 16 (“Spring Impromptu”) at her coming NYU solo recital on May 7th, 2017 @ 8:00 pm. Yedidia composed and dedicated this etude to Ms. Goldstein in 2015. It is the 4th etude in a new volume of 12 grand etudes which Yedidia has been in the process of composing since 2013.
Ms. Goldstein who has joined the piano faculty of  NYU – will present her recital at the school’s Loewe Theatre located at 34 West 4th Street in Manhattan. The admission is free.

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Canadian pianist and contemporary music specialist, Corey Hamm, has presented Ronn Yedidia’s solo piano work, Ether, in his recent lectures (spring, 2016) on contemporary music at 3 major Chinese institutions: the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and the Wuhan Conservatory of Music in Wuhan City, Hubei Province.
In addition, Dr. Hamm has performed Yedidia’s Ether at two of his recent solo recitals in Canada:
1) on January 23rd, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – at the Schulich School of Music at the McGill University in Montreal.
2) on January 26th, 2017 @ 8:30 pm – at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver as part of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival.

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Ronn Yedidia conducted a piano masterclass for the Pompton Valley Music Teachers Association (PVMTA) in New Jersey on February 6, 2016.  He instructed six of the organization’s young students in music by Chopin, Brahms, Faure, MacDowell and Gillock.

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A memorial event honoring arts & music entrepreneur Carola van den Houten was held in New York City on January 8, 2016 – shortly after her untimely passing. One of Carola’s wishes before her passing was to have Ronn Yedidia’s music played at her memorial to be. Joined by violinist Wolfgang Tsoutsouris and cellist Wanda Glowacka – Ronn and his friends performed four of his lyrical chamber compositions which were first premiered at Carola’s special soirees by the three of them before moving on to other stages. Those pieces included:
The Song on the Land (for cello & piano), Fantasy (for violin & piano), Lullabye (violin & piano version) and Waltz (for cello and piano).
May her soul rest in peace !

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On January 8, 2016 Ronn Yedidia played a solo accordion recital for the Watford Towers Music Appreciation Club in Edgewater, New Jersey. The program included ethnic standards from Eastern and Central Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, several classical gems including Mozart’s Alla Turca, and a few accordion KlezDances composed by Ronn Yedidia.

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Renowned American pianist, Stephen Beus, is in the process of recording two of Ronn Yedidia’s major solo piano works for his coming Centaur Records CD. These works are: Fantasy (2007) and Grand Etude No. 7 (“The Flight Over the Ocean”). Mr. Beus world-premiered Yedidia’s Fantasy at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK, on November 9, 2014. He has included Yedidia’s piano works in a number of other solo recitals during 2014 & 2015 which include: the Autumn Arts Festival in Houston, Texas; recitals in Cannon Beach and Eugene, Oregon; two recitals in Salt Lake City, Utah; recital in the Highlands – Seattle, WA; recital in Gainesville, Florida; recital at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina; recital at the International Piano Series in Charleston, South Carolina; recital at Ohio University’s Glidden Recital Hall, and a recital at the University of Montana.

Abroad – Mr. Beus has delivered performances of Yedidia’s piano works last May, 2015, in Finland’s cities Helsinki, Vaasa and Turku. During the same tour he performed them in the UK at the Aldro Boarding School for Boys in South London.

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Canadian pianist and contemporary music specialist, Corey Hamm, has performed Ronn Yedidia’s solo piano work, Ether, on June 19, 2015, at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) held at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA.

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Pianist Gila Goldstein has performed Ronn Yedidia’s Waltzes No. 16 & 21 at her New York Piano Academy recital last May, 16, 2015. Waltz No. 16 received its world-premiere that evening. Ms. Goldstein went on to perform Yedidia’s Waltz No. 21  during her recitals at the Seoul National University in Korea (May 26, 2015) and at the Colburn Music Academy in Los Angeles, CA (July 13, 2015).

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In preparation for their debut album recording – DanzaNova, Ronn Yedidia’s world/fusion ensemble – will give two full concerts in New York City: on March 28, 2015 @ 7:30 pm – at the New York Piano Academy/West End Presbyterian Church (165 W. 105th Street); and on April 9, 2015 – at Stage 72 at The Triad (158 W. 72nd Street). Six of Yedidia’s original KlezDances will be included in the program as well as on the album to be: KlezDance No. 1, KlezDance No. 3, Celtic Kalkadunga Polka (KD#4), Flying Gypsy Polka (KD#6), Desert Winds (KD#9), & Thalassaki and the Little Shepherd (KD#13).
DanzaNova’s musicians include:

Ronn Yedidia (accordion, compositions, arrangements)
Lara St. John (violin)
Giacomo La Vita (guitar)
Eddy Khaimovich (bass)
Yuval Edoot (percussion)

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Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin will perform Ronn Yedidia’s Piano Sonata No. 3, “Outcries”, on March 1st, 2015, at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. This recital will also include solo piano works by Marc-Andre Hamelin himself, John Field, Claude Debussy and Franz Schubert.

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Ronn Yedidia’s violin & piano work, Rondo Macabre, will be performed on February 17, 2015, at the College of Staten Island, New York, as part of the “Composers Now” series featuring new works by living composers. Violinist Dan Auerbach will be the soloist accompanied by the composer at the piano. The program will also include music by composers John Eaton, William Bauer, Joseph Prestamo and David Keberle.

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Temple Sinai of Tenafly, New Jersey, will present a Friday night service/concert featuring Ronn Yedidia and musical colleagues – on January 30, 2015 @ 7:30 pm. Flutist Itai Kriss will perform two of Yedidia’s works: Lullabye and Arabesque. Ronn Yedidia will accompany him on piano and Yuval Edoot on percussion.

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Clarinetist Shelagh MacLeod and pianist Chad Smith have performed three of Ronn Yedidia’s compositions at a special Service of Loss and Remembrance held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, on December 7, 2014. The works performed were: Lullabye (originally for cello & piano), Nocturne (for clarinet & piano), and “Farewell, Nathaniel”.

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Pianist Gila Goldstein has performed Ronn Yedidia’s Waltz No. 21 in A minor (dedicated to Frederic Chopin) on two of her recent west coast recitals.  She first performed it on November 16, 2014, at the Old First Church in San Francisco, and then again on November 18, 2014, at Cypress Recital Hall – California State University, Northridge.

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Clarinetist Sarah Porwoll-Lee has performed Ronn Yedidia’s solo clarinet work, Sparx2, on two different concerts in November, 2014. She first presented it during the La Crosse New Music Festival at the The University of Wisconsin – on November 12, 2014.  She then repeated it on a concert at Honey mpls in Minnesota on November 16, 2014.  Both concerts have been part of a contemporary music series entitled “The Antithesis Project”.

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Pianist Stephen Beus has given the world premiere of Ronn Yedidia’s solo piano work, Fantasy (composed in 2007), on November 9, 2014, at the Cartlett Music Center’s Sharp Concert Hall in Oklahoma.  Mr. Beus also included Ronn Yedidia’s Grand Etude No. 7 (“The Flight Over the Ocean”) on the same program.  Both works by Yedidia will be featured by Stephen Beus on a special youtube documentation which will be aired early in 2015.

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The Chicago Ensemble performs “Black Snow” – Ronn Yedidi’a first trio for flute, clarinet & piano (composed in 1986) – on two chamber concerts: April 27, 2014 @ 6:30 p.m. at the University of Chicago’s International House, and April 29, 2014 @ 7:30 at the Fourth Presbyterian Church (126 East Chestnut Street at Michigan Avenue). The program will also include works by Beethoven, Max Reger and William Walton.  Yedidia’s “Black Snow” was winner of the Chicago Ensemble’s first Discover America Competition held in 1992.

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Pianist Arthur Hart performed three of Ronn Yedidia’s major solo piano works to close his recital at the New York Piano Academy on March 22, 2014. Two of these works have been dedicated to Arthur Hart by the composer: Grand Etude No. 7 (“The Flight Over The Ocean”, composed in 1995) and Piano Sonata No. 3 (“Outcries”, composed in 1985). The third work, “Prophets”, is Yedidia’s most popular jazz-influenced piano work (composed in 1981).  Prior to that Mr. Hart performed Chopin’s First Ballade in G minor, Liszt’s B minor Sonata, Scriabin’s last four Etudes, Op. 8, and Ravel’s Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit.

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DanzaNova‘s recent performances have taken place at the following venues:   Shape Shifter Lab (18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY) – on September 19, 2013 ;  Spectrum (121 Ludlow Street, New York City) – on March 14, 2014  ; The Puffin Cultural Forum (20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, NJ) – on April 26, 2014.

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Piano Waltzes by Ronn Yedidia have been performed by pianist Elisha Abas at Gramercy Park Hotel’s Rose Bar on June 9, 2013 as part of Get Classical‘s salon-evenings series, at Le Poisson Rouge on June 19, 2013, and at the Baruch Performing Arts Center on September 4, 2013.

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Ronn Yedidia’s composition “Danny-Dan” for soprano voice and guitar was world-premiered by the La Vita Duo on February 10, 2013 at the Greenville Community Church in Scarsdale, NY. Yedidia composed the work for the coming CD release of the La Vita Duo (Jeanai La Vita, soprano & Giacomo La Vita, guitar) – and dedicated it to his beloved Israeli cousin, Danny Grinberg, who tragically passed away in 2011 at the young age of 52. Ronn Yedidia created both the music and the lyrics for this composition.

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DanzaNova opened the Concert Meister Series at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York City last February 1st, 2013. The concert was sold out and also featured guest flutist Marc Stocker in his return to the stage after a 20-year hiatus caused by Focal Dystonia. For this special occasion Ronn Yedidia composed a new KlezDance entitled “The Magic Flute” which was world-premiered by DanzaNova and Marc Stocker. DanzaNova’s players include:

Ronn Yedidia, accordion & compositions
Dmitriy Fisch, violin
Giacomo La Vita, guitar
Eddy Khaimovich, bass
Yuval Edoot, percussion

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Three of Ronn Yedidia’s Piano Waltzes have been released on the Urlicht AudioVisual label in December, 2012. The CD is entitled “Elisha Abas Plays Chopin & Yedidia” (UAV-5997) and features pianist Elisha Abas in his first solo piano commercial recording – also performing 8 Mazurkas, Polonaise and Waltz by Frederic Chopin. The CD is now available for purchase on Amazon.com.

Prior to this release – on September 10, 2012 – Maestro Abas has performed the same program at Symphony Space as part of the 4th New York Chamber Music Festival.

Ronn Yedidia has composed 30 Waltzes for solo piano. The ones recorded on this CD include: No. 1 in E minor, No. 4 in A minor, and No. 21 in A minor (dedicated to Frederic Chopin).

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Ronn Yedidia was featured in an accordion lecture/recital at the JCC School Of Performing Arts in Tenafly, New Jersey – last December 2nd, 2012. This presentation was part of a series on keyboard instruments held by the piano department at the school. Ronn performed and elaborated on a variety of accordion selections from both classical and ethnic sources, originating in Europe, Asia and South America.

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The University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Prof. Donald Portnoy – joined by solo clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, has given the World Premiere of Ronn Yedidia’s orchestral rendition of his composition World Dance (originally scored for clarinet & piano).
The performance took place on October 16, 2012 at USC’s Koger Center for the Arts.

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The Watchung Arts Center in New Jersey presented DanzaNova – led by composer/accordionist Ronn Yedidia – in a special concert held on October 20, 2012 at the center’s main gallery (18 Stirling Road, Watchung, NJ). The other musicians included violinist Dmitriy Fisch, guitarist Giacomo La Vita, bassist Eddy Khaimovich and percussionist Yuval Edoot.

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Ronn Yedidia’s first Naxos CD was released in April, 2012. Entitled “Impromptu, Nocturne and World Dance” it features the composer/pianist’s major works for clarinet & piano with clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein. The CD is presented on the “American Classics” series of Naxos, and produced by Grammy-award winning producer, Adam Abeshouse. The other musicians on it include violinist Arnaud Sussman, violist Melissa Reardon, and cellist Nicholas Canellakis. The compositions were recorded in the following order:
1. World Dance
2. Farewell, Nathaniel (in memory of Dr. Nathaniel Yangco)
3. Poeme
4. Nocturne
5. Concertino
6. Impromptu
* The CD is available on iTunes, Amazon, and ArkivMusic

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Celebrating the release of Ronn Yedidia’s first Naxos CD – New York’s Joe’s Pub (The Public Theater) hosted the composer/pianist with clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein on Sunday, May 27, 2012 in a program comprised of the album’s major works.

Prior to that – NPR’s “All Things Considered” and New York’s classical radio station, WQXR, have both broadcast music from the CD.

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DANZANOVA, led by composer/accordionist Ronn Yedidia will be featured on “Bargemix” – a chamber music series held at Bargemusic which is New York City’s floating concert venue at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Date & Time: Friday, January 13, 2012@ 8:00 p.m.
Location: Bargemusic, Brooklyn’s Fulton Ferry Landing – just under the Brooklyn Bridge
Tickets: $25 Seniors: $20 Students: $15 reserve@bargemusic.org
For more information: www.bargemusic.orgwor by phone: 718-624-2083

Ronn Yedidia, composer/accordion
Dmitriy Fisch, violin
Giacomo La Vita, guitar
Mario Rodriguez, bass
Yuval Edoot, percussion
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“21st Century Music & On” featuring composer Ronn Yedidia’s music will return to New York’s Merkin Concert Hall on Sunday, April 3, 2011 @ 8:00 PM to celebrate its 20th Anniversary !
Established in 1992 the series has now spanned 20 seasons of contemporary music and has presented dozens of world premieres of both instrumental & vocal music.

This year also marks Ronn Yedidia’s first CD release on the Naxos label featuring his music for clarinet, strings & piano. One work from this CD,“Farewell, Nathaniel”, will be performed. It was composed in memory of Dr. Nathaniel Yangco – one of Ronn Yedidia’s closest colleagues and a former piano student who tragically lost his life in a scuba diving accident on July 4, 2007. The clarinetist will be Dr. Bienvenido Yangco, Nathaniel’s father, who will arrive from Florida especially for this performance. Dr. Yangco was the principal clarinetist of the Manila Symphony Orchestra in the Philippines.

A new work, entitled “Moonstruck”, by the collaborative duo Yuval Edoot (percussion) & Ronn Yedidia (piano) will be world-premiered. Sandra Bendor will sing two of her translations for Ofer Bendor’s lyrics adapted to Yedidia’s songs, as well as one of her own lyrics entitled “Lovely Divorce”. Previously staged chamber works will be revisited: Trio No. 1 for violin, cello & piano (1995) and String Quartet No. 2 (2006) with violinists Dmitri Berlinsky & Anat Almani, violist Maurycy Banaszek and cellist Inbal Segev.

As in last year’s concert the evening will conclude with a performance by “DanzaNova” – an instrumental folk quintet formed by Ronn Yedidia and his colleagues to re-arrange and perform a wide range of ethnic music originating from the Middle East, Central & Eastern Europe and Latin America, as well as Yedidia’s own ethnic KlezDances.
DanzaNova consists of Ronn Yedidia as accordionist, Victor Schultz on violin, guitarist Giacomo La Vita, double bassist Mario Rodriguez, and percussionist Yuval Edoot.

Tickets: $35
Students & Seniors: $20
Box Office: 201-501-3330
Online: www.kaufman-center.org
For more information: 201-803-6979

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3 of Ronn Yedidia’s Piano Waltzes (from a set of 21) will be world-premiered and recorded by pianist Elisha Abas. Following his open-to-the-public recording session on February 5, 2011 @ 5:00 PM at New York’s Klavierhaus, pianist Abas will give a recital at the New York Piano Academy on February 9, 2011 @ 7:30 PM presenting the complete CD program: Chopin’s waltz in B minor & 8 mazurkas, and Ronn Yedidia’s waltzes no. 1 in E minor, no. 3 in A minor, and no. 21 in A minor (dedicated to Chopin). Yedidia & Abas will discuss the music and its performance following the recital.
Day & Time: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 @ 7:30 PM
Location: New York Piano Academy @ the West End Presbyterian Church, 165 West 105th Street (corner of Amsterdam Ave.)
Tickets: $15
Students & Seniors: $10
For more information: 201-803-6979

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Two concerts featuring Ronn Yedidia’s music for clarinet, strings & piano at the West End Presbyterian Church/New York Piano Academy will precede the recording sessions for Yedidia’s coming Naxos CD to be released in 2011:

Saturday, October 23, 2010 @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, October 24, 2010 @ 5:00 PM

All-Yedidia Program:

Poeme (1996)
Impromptu, Nocturne and World Dance (2010)
Farewell, Nathaniel (2007)
Concertino (clarinet, string trio & piano; 2007)

Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
Arnauld Sussmann, violin
Melissa Reardon, viola
Nicholas Canellakis, cello
Ronn Yedidia, piano

West End Presbyterian Church/New York Piano Academy
165 West 105th Street (corner of Amsterdam Avenue)
New York, NY 10025

Tickets at the door: $15
Students & Seniors: $10
For information: 201-803-6979

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“21st Century Music & On” will present its 18th annual concert on April 18, 2010 at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. As in recent years the program will feature currently composed chamber works by Ronn Yedidia, and one collaborative composition – this time for two pianos – by Yedidia with composer/pianist Haim Cotton.
Two other world premieres will include Yedidia’s “Impromptu, Nocturne, and World Dance” for clarinet & piano – with clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, as well as Yedidia’s first “String Trio” in three movements entitled: Enigma, Scherzando & Finale – with violinist Dmitri Berlinsky, violist Maurycy Banaszek, and cellist Inbal Segev.
Traditionally, singer Sandra Bendor will perform 3 of Yedidia’s pop-style songs with her own English translations to their lyrics – originally written in Hebrew by poet Ofer Bendor.
The evening will conclude with a performance by “DanzaNova” – an instrumental folk quintet formed by Ronn Yedidia and his colleagues to re-arrange and perform a wide range of ethnic music originating from the Middle East, Central & Eastern Europe and Latin America, as well as Yedidia’s own ethnic KlezDances.
DanzaNova consists of Ronn Yedidia as accordionist, Victor Schultz on violin, guitarist Giacomo La Vita, double bassist Nicholas D’Amato, and percussionist Yuval Edoot.
A special reception will follow the concert, and all are welcome !

Sunday, April 18, 2010 @ 7:30 PM
Merkin Concert Hall
Kaufman Center, Goodman House
129 West 67th Street (between Broadway & Amsterdam Ave.)
New York City

Tickets: $35
Students & Seniors: $20
Box Office: 212-501-3330
Online: www.kaufman-center.org
For more information: 201-803-6979

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The Tel Aviv Museum will present the world premiere of Ronn Yedidia’s new work for violin & string orchestra,The Silk Violin”, on April 13, 2010. The soloist will be the Brazilian violinist Wagner Luiz Rodrigues and he will be accompanied by the Israel Chamber Orchestra. The work has been dedicated to violinist Paul Gati – the composer’s long time friend & colleague.