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Biographies of the Artists

Jeff Adler- Composer, Bass Clarinet, Native American Flutes, Soprano Saxophone, is a prolific composer and woodwind musician from New York City. In addition to being the resident composer for The Hevreh Ensemble, he writes extensively for The Jewel Orchestra of St. Paul’s Church, Brooklyn and for two World Music Ensembles: Malamalama and Quadrangle and has recorded a CD of his original Native American Flute music. Recently he composed the music for the Vita Nova production of the theatrical work, “Harriet and Anne”, which had it’s New York premiere in September 2005 at the Producer’s Club in New York City. His new work titled “ In Search of Unification” for Bass Clarinet and Marimba was premiered in May 2005 in California at Sacramento State University. The work was also featured in an April 2006 concert by the Omni Ensemble in New York City. As a clarinetist, Jeff has performed with many orchestras such as: The American Symphony, The Long Island Philharmonic, The Connecticut Grand Opera and The Long Island Symphony. He was a member of the Silver Bay Music Festival, The Adirondack Chamber Players and the new music group, Infusion. He has recorded for ‘Opus One’ and  ‘CRI’ records. In addition, he has performed frequently with Broadway Show Orchestras such as: Les Miserables, Lion King, Crazy For You, Beauty & the Beast, Secret Garden, Jerome Robbins Broadway, Caroline or Change, Titanic, Jekyll & Hyde, Passion and Wicked.


Judith Dansker- Oboe, Oboe D’amore, English Horn and Native American Flute is a solo and chamber music performer who has appeared at the Frick Museum, Weill Recital Hall ( Carnegie Hall), Alice Tully Hall ( Lincoln Center), the Phillips Collection and the Library of Congress among many others. She received the Bachelor & Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School of Music where she studied with renowned oboist Robert Bloom. She has performed with numerous ensembles including the New York Baroque Consort, New York Kammermusiker, Ariel Chamber Players, Trio Sonata, Infusion, International Chamber Artists, Mostly Mozart, New York Shakespeare Festival, Berkshire Bach Society, Connecticut Grand Opera, Hartford Symphony, and has been an Artist/Faculty member for the Kent Silver Bay Chamber Music Festival. She has also performed with Linda Skernick & Friends, the Columbia Festival Orchestra Chamber Players and she was invited to perform at the Alice Tully Hall 80th Birthday Concert for Robert Bloom. Ms. Dansker is a founding member of the Galliard Woodwind Quintet with performances nationwide. Their Library of Congress concert was recorded for American Public Radio and subsequent performances were broadcast nationwide and on Radio France and Radio Netherlands. The New York Times has said of her playing: “ her lovely solo lines were very skillfully handled”. Ms. Dansker is a former faculty member at the University of South Carolina and currently is Professor of Oboe Studies at Hofstra University and on the faculties of The Hotchkiss School and Simons Rock of Bard College.


Laurie Friedman- Clarinet, Native American Flutes, Shofar and Percussion, holds the Bachelor of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she was a scholarship student of Leon Russianoff. She received her Master of Music Degree from Brooklyn College, during which she was awarded the Abraham Klotzman Memorial Scholarship. Ms. Friedman was chosen to participate in the prestigious Blossom Music Festival with the Cleveland Orchestra. Subsequently she won the Principal Clarinet position with the Beersheva Orchestra in Israel. She has performed with many Orchestras including: The Long Island Philharmonic, Village Light Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, New Jersey Pops Orchestra, The Goldman Band, and the Tulsa Ballet Orchestra. Along with Ms. Dansker, she is a founding member of the Galliard Quintet with concerts nationwide including performances at the Gardner Museum, Boston, the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh, The Jewish Museum- NYC, and the Jacksonville Museum of Arts. In 2005, her original play “ Harriet and Anne” was premiered at the Producer's Club in New York City and received rave reviews for “ ... the intense creativity”. She was a Faculty/Artist for the Silver Bay Music Festival and has performed for numerous radio performances on WQXR, WBAI, and WNYC in New York City and for WCLV in Cleveland. Ms. Friedman is currently Professor of Clarinet Studies at Hofstra University and Instrumental Instructor at Brooklyn College Academy. She has also taught at Brooklyn College, College of Staten Island, Sacramento State University and California State University at Davis. This past summer Ms. Friedman coached chamber music at the Chico-Sac Workshop held at Sacramento State University.


Donald Sosin- Keyboard, has composed and arranged for synagogue, theater, television, dance and the concert hall. He is considered one of the world's leading silent film musicians, with over 100 performances each year at major film festivals including: NYC, San Francisco, Seattle, Virginia, TriBeCa and at museums such as MOMA, AMMI, National Gallery and MFA Boston, many with his wife,singer Joanna Seaton. Born in 1951, he grew up in Rye,New York and Munich. He studied piano with Kyriena Siloti, daughter of the great Russian pianist and pedagogue Alexander Siloti. Donald graduated with honors from the University of Michigan School of Music, where he also wrote music criticism for the Michigan Daily and subsequently studied with Virgil Thomson, Harold Schonberg, Michael Steinberg and other leading critics. He received his M.A. from Columbia University in 1976 and worked on Broadway for many years as theater pianist, arranger and music director. He was organist for Bethel Temple in West Hartford for five years and brought his scores for silent films to that and other synagogues. His operas, ESTHER and A PARAKEET NAMED DREIDEL, have been performed in NYC and around New England, as well as other Jewish choral, dance and vocal music. He and Joanna have scored many films for DVD release and currently teach workshops to high school and college students in silent film music. Donald has received commissions from the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Colorado Children's Chorale, Community Synagogue and the Orchestra of St. Lukes among others.Their music appears on over two dozen silent film DVD releases. Their website is newmoviemusic.com. Mr. Sosin joined the Hevreh Ensemble in 2006.