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Classical music at Temple Emek Shalom

Temple Emek Shalom invites classical music lovers to two world-class performances in April.

The first concert will feature Cleveland Duo with James Umble at 8 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland.

Established in 1980, The Cleveland Duo combines with saxophonist James Umble to form a threesome of musicians with an unusual combination of violins, piano, and saxophone. The group's repertoire ranges from the traditional and familiar classical to folk, ethnic, avant-garde and jazz.

Their collaborative CD, "Dejeuner sur l'Herbe," was the recipient of a 1993 Grammy nomination citation in five categories, including best chamber music disc.

The April 4 program will include music of Bartok, Schubert, Evan Chambers, John Adams, Jean-Luc Ponty, Srul Irving Glick, Maurice Ravel, Darius Milhaud, and other works.

The second concert will feature violinist Elmar Oliveira, pianist Robert Koenig and violist Sandra Robbins at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9. Oliveira is one of the few major artists committed to the entire spectrum of the violin world. He is constantly expanding traditional repertoire boundaries as a champion of contemporary music and rarely heard works of the past. He devotes energy to the development of the young artists of tomorrow and enthusiastically supports the art of modern violin and bow makers.

Oliveira is the first and only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow's Tchaikovsky International Competition. He is also the first violinist to receive the Avery Fisher Prize, in addition to capturing first prizes at the Naumburg International Competition and the G. B. Dealey Competition. Oliveira's CD of the Barber Concerto with Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony was nominated in two categories for a Grammy Award.

Violist Robbins is currently principal violist of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra and a member of the American Composers Orchestra and The Westchester Philharmonic. She has taught viola and chamber music on the faculties of Cornell, SUNY Geneseo and Syracuse University in New York.

Pianist Koenig performs regularly in major centers throughout the world. His most recent CD of transcriptions for viola and piano by William Primrose was released in July 2006 on Naxos with violist Roberto Diaz, and was nominated for "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra)" at the 49th annual Grammy Awards in 2007.

Individual concert tickets are $26 for adults and $5 for youth, 22 and younger. Adult tickets for both concerts are $45.

For more information, see or call 482-8172.