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    Eclectic Selections for Flute and Harp

    Music in the Afternoon

    When: Tuesday, 3/7/2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Where: Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg F)


    Enjoy an afternoon of delightful music with a duo of harp and flute. The repertoire will feature composers such as Debussy, Ravel, Ibert, Bizet, Puccini and Mascagni and will include the magnificent "Kol Nidrei" by Max Bruch.

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCCMusicians:
    Marian Concus, flute
    Dan Levitan, harp

    Marian Concus is a versatile flutist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently is a member of Fremont Symphony/Opera/Ballet and Santa Cruz Symphony. Her former positions include solo piccoloist with Boise Philharmonic and Banda piccoloist with Central City Opera. She was alto flute soloist with Fremont Symphony in a performance of Takemitsu's Toward the Sea for alto flute, harp and orchestra. She is a regular guest soloist at St. Pius Catholic Church in Redwood City.

    While she was living in Philadelphia, Ms. Concus was principal flutist for Wilmington Ballet and Opera Libera. She was guest soloist for both the Philadelphia Harp Festival and on the Brown Bag Concert Series at Church of the Holy Trinity in Rittenhouse Square. She was a weekly Midday Melodies Artist at Reading Terminal Market and an Art-Reach soloist.

    Ms. Concus has recorded in Paris with Adama, with Chicago-based Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and Windy City Slickers, and in the San Francisco Bay Area with Laudamus Choir and Ohlone Chamber Singers. At the request of New Music Works in Santa Cruz, California, Ms. Concus recorded contemporary pieces for their CD Night of the Living Composers. Ms. Concus is also featured flute soloist on Enchante's Shades of Love, an eclectic collection of love songs arranged for flute, voice and harp. (Dan Levitan is the harpist featured on the Shades of Love recording.)

    Ms. Concus holds a bachelor's degree with honors in flute performance from New England Conservatory of Music. She studied for two years in France with former principal flutist of Orchestre de Paris Michel Debost, and did undergraduate coursework in music at University of California, Berkeley. She has held flute faculty positions at Friends Central, Wynnewood, PA; Torah Academy, Wynnewood, PA; and Bellarmine College Preparatory School and Almaden School of Music and Arts in San Jose, CA. Ms. Concus was a board member and competition adjudicator for Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia. She is a member of American Federation of Musicians and National Flute Association.

    Dan Levitan holds contracts as the principal harpist with three professional orchestras: Santa Rosa Symphony, Marin Symphony and Symphony San Jose. He is the solo harpist with Carmel-Bach Festival, having performed solo, chamber music and other concerts as a member of the Festival Orchestra. He has been the "first call" harpist with the San Francisco Opera since August 2008. He regularly performs for the San Jose Chamber, Mission Chamber, UC Berkeley Symphony orchestras and is sought after as a soloist by numerous other orchestras, choirs and ensembles throughout northern California.

    Mr. Levitan's concerto performances by Bach (Johann Christian), Boieldieu, Debussy, Ginastera, Glière, Mozart, Ravel, Reinecke and Saint-Saëns with orchestras throughout the San Francisco Bay Area have been highly praised by local critics, who write of his "impeccable virtuosity" (San José Metro), "virtual perfection" (Marin Independent Journal) and "precision and élan" (Mercury News). His most recent concerto performance was the Hindemith Concerto for harp, four woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon) and orchestra with the Santa Rosa Symphony. Internationally, Mr. Levitan was invited to perform two works for harp and string quartet at the Seventh World Harp Congress in Prague, Czech Republic, and was a semi-finalist in the prestigious 10th International Harp Competition in Israel.

    As a teacher and coach, Mr. Levitan coaches for California Youth Symphony (CYS) and Golden State Youth Orchestra (GSYS), as well as San Jose Youth Symphony (SJYS), in addition to teaching privately. Born and educated in Philadelphia, Mr. Levitan received bachelor of arts degrees in music performance and music education from Temple University—both magna cum laude—and was named "Most Promising Musician" upon graduation. He studied with Margarita Montanaro, retired co-principal harpist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and internationally acclaimed harpists Susann McDonald and the late Susanna Mildonian, as well as the well-known late Bay Area harpists Anne Adams, Marcella DeCray and Phyllis Schlomovitz.

    COVID-19 Information: Masks are encouraged for all OFJCC in-door events. We follow up-to-date CDC guidelines regarding COVID safety measures.

    Funded in part by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Senior Programs are made possible in part by generous contributions from the John R. Schwabacher Family. We are grateful for the generous support of all of our donors.

    Tuesday, March 7
    1:00–2:00 PM | Doors open at 12:30 PM | Linger after the concert for a snack and beverage
    Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg. F)
    $20 at the door | Purchase tickets online or at the door
    Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]



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