Greitzer Ensemble to perform at WMC

November 04, 1992

The Greitzer Ensemble, one of the country's most successful musical families, has begun performing again after a three-year hiatus. The group will play chamber and salon favorites during the season's second Sundays of Note performance at Western Maryland College.

The performance will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday in Baker Memorial Chapel.

Ensemble members, all part of the Greitzer family except for occasional guest artists, have held principal positions in a number of major orchestras and music organizations, including the American Ballet Theater, the Aspen Festival and the Jerusalem Symphony.

The family presented its first formal concert in New York in 1981, produced by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for its "En Famille" series. Led by Sol Greitzer, the orchestra's principal violist, the performance received critical praise.

The ensemble played regularly throughout the 1980s until the death of Mr. Greitzer in 1989.

It did not perform as the Greitzer Ensemble for three years after that, but returned for a benefit concert in New York last May. Late last month, four of its members performed as the Maryland Bach Aria Group at the Arena di Verona's international festival Autunno Musicals Veronese in Verona, Italy.

Pianist Shirley Greitzer is director of placement at the Juilliard School, and for 10 years served as executive director of the Waterloo Festival and School. She has performed with Leonard Bernstein, Nathaniel Rosenand in several recitals with her husband, Sol Greitzer.

Bassoonist Deborah Greitzer-Silberschlag is a two-time winner of the Artists International Prize for Chamber Music. The daughter of Shirley Greitzer, Ms. Greitzer-Silberschlag has performed with some of the world's greatest conductors and last year was a soloist with the Hungarian Virtuoisi in Budapest and Zagreb.

Like her sister, cellist Pamela Greitzer is a graduate of Juilliard. As a soloist, she has played at Merkin Hall and the Cooper Union at State University of New York in Purchase and Weill Hall.

She is on the faculty at the Collegiate School, Harlem School for the Arts, and will soon tour the Far East as a soloist for Dvorak's "Silent Woods" with the New York Symphonic Ensemble.

Jeff Silberschlag, a son-in-law of the Greitzer clan, has made his reputation both as a trumpeter and conductor. Last year he performed in Budapest and Zagreb, as well as Italy.

He was a co-winner of last year's Norton T. Dodge Prize for Creative and Scholarly Achievement, and his playing has received acclaim from Fanfare, the New York Times and the Jerusalem Post. In 1990, he was invited to participate in the Tanglewood Conductor's Seminar, led by the late Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Meier and Andre Previn.

Clarinetist Jon Manasse, another Greitzer son-in-law, is the youngest winner of the International Clarinet Society Competition. An avid chamber musician, he has been featured in programs at Carnegie Hall and is principal clarinetist of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra.

At the group's debut Sundays of Note appearance, the family will perform chamber and salon works by Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Gliere, Bolsmoitier, Brandt and Wagner.

Other performers in the Sundays of Note series will include renaissance specialists Hesperus Feb. 21 and harpist Sonja Inglefield April 18.

Sundays of Note is sponsored by the Western Maryland College Department of Music and the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust.

All performances begin at 2 p.m. Sundays on the Western Maryland campus. Admission is $5; students 18 and under are admitted free. Information: 857-2265 or 876-2055, Ext. 265.

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