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Lytle Scholarship Benefit Concert

Sunday, January 27th, 2019 3:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

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Parking is free
All tickets are held at the door

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Jewish Music: from Bessarabia to Bowery to Broadway

Esa Einai (I Will Lift Up My Eyes)
arranged by Ben Steinberg
Sim Shalom (Grant Peace)
Bob Remstein, composer
Chasdei Hashem
Israel Alter, composer

Cantor Mark E. Childs, David Samuel Childs
Cecil Lytle, piano & Bertram Turetzky, contrabass

Liebeslied [Love’s Sorrow]
Liebestod [Love’s Joy]
Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) composer

Transcribed for solo piano by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Cecil Lytle, solo piano
Sonata for Clarinet & Piano (1942)
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), composer
Robert Zelickman, clarinet & Cecil Lytle, piano

Mischa, Jascha, Toscha, Sascha
Blah, Blah, Blah

George (1898-1937) & Ira (1896-1983) Gershwin

“Of Love and Lost”
Bertram Turetzky, contrabass
Second Avenue Klezmer Ensemble

This program is dedicated to the congregation of the Tree of Life Synagogue and the people of the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



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Each year since 1996, audiences have attended these annual scholarship concerts to experience a targeted musical program for a targeted purpose on a targeted date, the Sunday before Super Bowl Sunday. Every Lytle Scholarship Concert features a particular composer or idea in programming repertoire. 

The first year was a solo piano concert of music by the Hungarian composer/pianist, Franz Liszt. Soon there followed annual concerts dedicated to the music of Frederic Chopin, Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven, Miles Davis, Alexander Scriabin, Duke Ellington, and George Gershwin. Other concerts not specific to a particular composer have centered around an “idea” or genre such as music based on mystical musings of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, Hymns, Tangos, Ragtime, Gospel tunes, Latin Jazz. Last year’s concert was unusual, featuring five great jazz pianists seated at five equally great concert grand pianos performing together in a circle. It is unlikely that you will ever hear or see a concert like that any time soon! We hope for the same today. 

Now in its twenty-first year, Preuss School is a public college prep charter school (grades 6-12, 852 students) on the UCSD campus serving promising youngsters from low income, first-generation families. This award-winning secondary school has served as a model for excellence in urban education for other universities and the nation. Since graduating its first seniors in 2004, 1,600 Preuss School graduates have been accepted with full scholarships into the leading colleges and universities in the country. The proceeds from the annual Lytle Scholarship Concerts provides scholarships to Preuss grads attending UC San Diego. 

Your support of these scholarship concerts is deeply appreciated by the many highly motivated and deserving youngsters who have benefitted from your generosity. They are our ultimate inspiration, and we hope you agree when, after Intermission, Mr. Scott Barton, Preuss School Principal, presents just a few of the highly motivated students attending Preuss School UCSD. Their success is our success! 


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