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UA to present concert of Jewish music

Editor’s note: A second concert, in which Argentine pianist and conductor Ricardo Hegman was to play works by the renowned Israeli composer Andres Hadju, was canceled on Jan. 10 because Hegman will not be able to get a visa in time. 

Jeremy Huw Williams
Ellen Chamberlain

Daniel Asia, a composer and University of Arizona professor of music, will present a concert of Jewish music later this month at the UA Fred Fox School of Music.

In “Breath in a Ram’s Horn – To Open in Praise CD Celebration,” on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m., Asia will talk about the relationship between classical music and Judaism. Performances of Asia’s music will highlight works inspired by Jewish texts, including the Psalms and poems by his long-time collaborator Paul Pines, and Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai. Many of the pieces to be performed are featured on Asia’s critically acclaimed CD, “To Open in Praise.”

The concert, which will be held in Crowder Hall, will feature Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams, with Ellen Chamberlain on violin and Paula Fan on piano. Williams made his debut with the Welsh National Opera as Guglielmo (“Così fan tutte”) and has since appeared in more than 60 operatic roles. He has performed at major venues around the globe. Williams has made recordings for BBC Radio 3 as well as many commercial recordings, including 10 solo discs of songs.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for UA employees and seniors 55+, and $5 for students.

The evening is co-sponsored by the Fred Fox School of Music, The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Pozez Lecture Series, the Tucson Jewish Community Center, and the American Culture and Ideas Initiative.

The Fred Fox School of Music is located at 1017 N. Olive Road. For tickets, visit or call the UA Fine Arts Box Office at 621-1162. For more information, visit