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New Britain Symphony tribute to Jesse Levine

December 4, 2009

Faculty and alumni of the Yale School of Music participate in performance


Violist Jesse Levine, a longtime member of the Yale School of Music faculty, died just over a year ago. His presence in Connecticut also included 20 years as the conductor of the Norwalk Symphony for 20 years and just over two seasons as music director of the New Britain Symphony. The latter orchestra, conducted by Levine’s longtime friend Maurice Peress, organized and performed a creative musical tribute to him at Central Connecticut State University on Sunday, November 22.

Performers included clarinetist David Shifrin, pianist Peter Frankl, and cellist Ole Akahoshi, all faculty colleagues of Levine’s from the School of Music. Shifrin played the finale from Mozart’s clarinet concerto, and Frankl performed Bach’s Concerto in F minor. Ole Akahoshi and YSM alum Mihai Marica joined together in Vivaldi’s double cello concerto in G minor. Other performers included the pianist Morey Ritt, Levine’s longtime recital partner.

In its review, the Hartford Courant praised the concert as a “labor of love” for “voicing a collective sense of loss, but also in voicing an appreciation for the life that Levine lived.”