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2/18 Shuffle in Concert

BUY TICKETS: Thursday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. 
$39 Admission
$37 JCC Members
Groups – call 248.432.5570 for discounts

“Without a doubt, this is a brilliant idea. … This sort of active participation from the audience in shaping the concert leads to higher and deeper levels of alertness and listening as well as more complex enjoyment … a brilliant idea…”

Yon Feder, Tel Aviv, Ynet

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SHUFFLE’s creative director and pianist, Eliran Avni, was on the elliptical machine at the gym when his MP3 player jumped from a Pretenders song to the first movement of Prokofiev’s 5th symphony, nearly causing him to lose balance…and thus, the idea for SHUFFLE Concert was born!

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“It was like time-traveling,” he says, “One minute I was in an 80’s dance club and the next, in the Siberian wastelands.  So I thought to myself, how incredible would it be to perform a concert like that, where the entire program would be based on these extreme stylistic juxtapositions and I could then take the audience time-traveling with me?”

In SHUFFLE Concert’s original form, a computer program randomly selected the pieces performed, simulating the shuffle mode on an MP3 player.  This later transformed into the unique concept of letting the audience decide what pieces would create the program.  For perhaps the first time in the modern performance of classical music, the audience decides what happens on stage. Avni soon learned that his friends and colleagues were just as excited about this new concept as he was.  He called some of his favorite musicians and SHUFFLE Concert took flight.

Each of SHUFFLE’s members are exceptionally accomplished chamber musicians and are graduates of such schools as Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Oberlin, Mannes and Bard College. Ariadne Greif (soprano), Francisco Fullana (violin), Linor Katz (cello), Moran Katz (clarinet), Eliran Avni (piano), Jessica Pearlman and Hassan Anderson (oboe) have all individually won numerous prizes, and have performed extensively as soloists and collaborative musicians throughout the world.

Since its inception, SHUFFLE Concert has performed in a variety of concert settings, from the Duplex in the West Village of New York, to the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center.  The ensemble has also given performances at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York, the Simon Family Center in Virginia Beach, East Stroudsberg University and Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, Molloy College in Long Island, NY; L’Ermitage Concert Series in Los Angeles and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In June of 2012 the ensemble returned to Israel for a second tour, at the invitation of the Felicia Blumenthal Chamber Music Festival, and has been invited for a 5 day residency with the same organization in November 2013. In December 2012 the ensemble made its Merkin Hall debut which was broadcast on WWFM and WQXR and included the premieres of new works by Avner Dorman and Jonathan Keren. The ensemble’s debut CD launched in summer 2013

2/21 Masters of Music: Copland and His Contemporaries – Stories and Music


BUY TICKETS: Sunday, February 21 at 4 p.m.
$22 Admission
$18 JCC Members & Friends of Melton
Groups – call 248.432.5570 for discounts


Featuring the Artists of the Michigan Opera Theatre Studio and Professor Howard Lupovitch

Become immersed in the worlds of Copland, Gershwin, Bernstein, Sondheim and others as we pay tribute to America’s greatest 20th Century Jewish composers.  Enjoy selections from Copland’s opera The Tender Land and iconic pieces from his contemporaries, performed by rising stars of the opera, intertwined with the history and backstories narrated by Professor Howard Lupovitch.Lupovitch

Discover through the music and the words how Copland, and other second-generation Jews of his era, celebrated America’s values and the complexity of an increasingly diverse society.

Sponsored by:  Federation’s Adult Jewish Learning Department, FedEd; Michigan Opera Theatre; Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies – John Haddow Memorial Event in Jewish Culture; JCC’s SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment)