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2.27.15 Issue

by Diane Axler Baum

B’nai B’rith BreadBreakers and the Mainstreeters are collaborating with the Omaha Chamber Music Society to introduce the community to the exciting music of Judd Greenstein.

A free program featuring live performances of passages from Greenstein’s Clearing, Dawn, Dance – and a video of the composer discussing his work — is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, at 12:15 p.m., in the Blumkin Home auditorium. Stacie Haneline, executive director of the Omaha Chamber Music Society, will join six other professional musicians in the multi-faceted presentation.

Immediately preceding the program, BreadBreakers will have its regular weekly lunch, starting at 11:45 a.m. The Mainstreeters group already has been invited, and other interested members of the community are also welcome.

Cost for the full buffet is $11; beverage service is $3. BreadBreakers has suggested reservations for the lunch and/or the program to assure adequate seating. To make a reservation, please call 402.334.6443 or e-mail, by 5 p.m. on March 8.

The March 11 lunchtime program music will take place only days before the Omaha Chamber Music Society’s fourth annual free concert at the JCC, set for Sunday, March 15, at 7 p.m. Titled CONNECTIONS – Chamber Music: Inspired, Transformed, Redefined, the concert will feature the opening movement of Mozart’s String Quartet No. 14 K. 387, The Spring; Prokofiev’s Quintet in G minor, Opus 39 for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and bass; and Greenstein’s Clearing, Dawn, Dance.

“The Omaha Chamber Music Society and I are immeasurably grateful to the Sokolof Javitch Music Fund for the continued support that enables us to bring outstanding chamber music, free of charge, to our community,” said Haneline. “We are especially proud and thrilled for the opportunity to present Judd Greenstein’s brilliant, beautiful, energetic work.”

Greenstein, 34, is a Brooklyn-based composer and musician-entrepreneur with a unique perspective on Classical music and musical expressiveness.

Co-founder of New Amsterdam Presents, a service organization for musicians, and New Amsterdam Records, he also is a doctoral candidate at Princeton University. His dissertation is on musical form.

In addition to a strong background in classical music, Greenstein is versed in Talmud, and several of his compositions are based on Jewish themes. Shlomo, which premiered at Carnegie Hall, earned him a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists in 2010. He is re-working the piece toward recording it in the future, and he is planning a Yiddish opera based on a story by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

More information on forthcoming OCMS events, including the free March 15 concert at the JCC, is available at, or 402.690.6943.