Congregation Kol Emeth Presents:The West Coast Musical Premier –
“Jacob Wrestling the Angel”
In Loving Memory of Mel Krauss and Irene Krauss-de-Groot
Sunday, February 26th
Congregation Beth Ami
Congregation Beth Am
Congregation Beth Jacob, Cohn Music Fund
Peninsula Sinai Congregation
Tickets are $36. If you are a member of Beth Ami, contact our office, office@BethAmiSR.org for tickets. If you are not a member please register at Kol Emet site
“Hope. Fear. Regret. Betrayal. Despair. The unknown. These are the emotional forces and threads that weave through the story of Jacob Wrestling the Angel and through the three movement composition. It is an anxiety driven story that parallels the unknown of our times, the wrestling so many are engaged in as we search for meaning, sense, order. The brutal side of ourselves, driven by concern for our own well-being, wrestling with the side of ourselves aspiring towards generosity and hope. We seek a transformation like that of Jacob’s whether we realize it or not.”
These are the words Pulitzer nominated composer Fredrick Kaufman used to describe this incredible work.
Kol Emeth is proud to host a weekend of music and inspiration with the West Coast Premier of Fredrick Kaufman’s “Jacob Wrestling the Angel.”
Featuring renowned musicians Robert Davidovici on violin, German Marcano on cello, and Victoria “Tori” Hauk on flute.
Concert “Jacob Wrestling the Angel”
Sunday, February 26 at 7:00pm
Join us on Sunday, Feb. 26th at 7:00pm for the inaugural West Coast performance of Pulitzer nominated composer Fredrick Kaufman”™s work “Jacob Wrestling the Angel.”
This evening will also be the release of Emmy nominated filmmaker Zach Ben-Amots’
trailer for his upcoming documentary on this piece.
Frederick Kaufman – Composer
Fredrick Kaufman is the composer of over one hundred and fifty compositions that have been performed worldwide. Kaufman is a former Fulbright Scholar, and author of The African Roots of Jazz. He is the recipient of the Darius Milhaud Award in Composition from the Aspen Music Festival, and honors and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Ford Foundations, the California, Montana and Pennsylvania Arts Councils as well as the Norwegian Government.
Robert Davidovici – Violinist
Acclaimed on five continents, Robert Davidovici is a virtuoso, known for his
spectacular technique and wide-ranging repertoire, fused with magnificent artistry and a compelling stage presence. He is the recipient of several distinguished First Prize honors, among them the Naumburg International Violin Competition and the Carnegie Hall International American Music Violin Competition. In addition to his solo engagements, Mr. Davidovici is Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Violin at Florida International University and serves as guest professor at distinguished music schools around the world.
Germain Marcano – Cellist
Germa¡n Marcano currently excels among the most important cellists in the Latin American music scene. His performances have received the best acclaims from musicians and the specialized critic, and his chamber music work with the Rios Reyna Quartet and recently with Venezuelan folk music, acclaim him as one of the most versatile cellists in Latin America. German Marcano holds a BMus degree from the University of Surrey, England, the Premier Prix diploma from the Guildhall School of Music in London, and Masters and DMA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At age 17 he received by unanimous decision of the jury, the “Best Young Musician of the year Award” granted by the Reading Symphony Orchestra, England. He currently lives in Florida, performing actively in the country and with faculty from FIU, Music in Miami series, Palm Beach Symphony and Florida Grand Opera.
Victoria “Tori” Hauk – Flautist
Flutist Victoria “Tori” Hauk loves exploring the beauty of music through collaboration with fellow Bay Area musicians and by sharing it with the next generation of musicians through coaching and teaching. She is an avid chamber musician and can be seen performing with groups including: Avenue Winds, One Found Sound, Areon Flutes, and Nomad Session..
She is the winner of the National Flute Association’s 2022 Convention Performers Competition, University of Arizona President’s Concerto Competition and Arizona Flute Society Competition and is an award winner of the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego, MTNA Southwest Regional Competition, San Diego Flute Guild Young Artist Competition and has received the Presser Foundation Award.
Zach Ben-Amots – Filmmaker and Journalist
Zach Ben-Amots is a filmmaker and journalist, based out of his hometown of Colorado Springs. His video work has been featured on Hulu, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and CBS News, as well as ABC, CBS and PBS stations around the country. As a documentary filmmaker, Ben-Amots is drawn to intimate stories that reflect a greater truth, especially those that relate to social justice issues. As an artist and writer, he prefers to turn inward to reflect on his family history and Jewish heritage.