Songs of the Spirit

Songs of the Spirit

Gearan Center for the Performing Arts



Saturday, June 3 – 7:30PM
Songs of the Spirit

Venue change:
Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Jinjoo Cho, violin
Geoffrey Herd, violin
Eric Wong, viola
Clive Greensmith, cello
Max Geissler, cello
Henry Kramer, piano

Enjoy musical evocations of religious traditions from around the world, where we encounter music’s remarkable ability to calm the mind and uplift the soul, eliciting both serenity and joy. A raucous evocation of the festival atmosphere in Temples in Taiwan by Lu Yun contrasts with Maurice Ravel’s “Kaddisch,” a melismatic, soaring prayer. The Bloch Piano Quintet is an epic study of such juxtapositions, seamlessly moving from agitation to meditation to rapture.

Golijov: Tenaebrae
Lu Yun: Temples in Taiwan
Maurice Ravel: “Kaddisch” from Deux mélodies hébraïques
Bloch Piano Quintet No. 1, B. 43

All programs subject to change.
Individual concert tickets: $35 adult; $10 college student with ID;  FREE for youth aged 18 and younger
Season pass (8 concerts): $240 adult
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Wheelchair accessible.


Gearan Center for the Performing Arts

About the Artists

Clive Greensmith

From 1999 until its final season in 2013, Clive Greensmith was a member of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet, giving over one hundred performances each year in the most prestigious international venues, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, London’s South Bank, Paris Chatelet, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He has collaborated with international artists such as Andras Schiff, Pinchas Zukerman, Leon Fleisher, Lynn Harrell, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Alicia de Larrocha,… Read more

Eric Wong

Celebrated for a “tone like toasted caramel. Amazing.” (Musical Toronto), Eric Wong is the violist of the Cavani String Quartet. He was also a member of the JUNO-nominated Afiara Quartet and the Linden String Quartet, first prize winners of the Fischoff, Coleman, and Concert Artist Guild competitions. In addition to his work as a performer, Mr. Wong is an accomplished educator and has been artist-in-residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Royal Conservatory of… Read more

Geoffrey Herd

Violinist Geoffrey Herd leads a varied and impactful career as a soloist and chamber musician, artistic director, and pedagogue. He has performed throughout the United States, Latin America, and Asia at venues including the Isabel Stewart Gardner Museum of Art in Boston and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and universities and conservatories globally. An avid chamber musician, Dr. Herd has collaborated with prominent musicians including Ettore Causa, Jinjoo Cho, James Dunham, Clive Greensmith, Ani Kavafian,… Read more

Henry Kramer

Praised by The Cleveland Classical Review for his “astonishingly confident technique” and The New York Times for “thrilling [and] triumphant” performances, pianist Henry Kramer is developing a reputation as a musician of rare sensitivity who combines stylish programming with insightful and exuberant interpretations. In 2016, he garnered international recognition with a Second Prize win in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Most recently, he was awarded a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant by Lincoln Center… Read more

Jinjoo Cho

A charismatic soloist, dynamic chamber musician, dedicated teacher, artistic director, and published writer, South Korean violinist Jinjoo Cho is a versatile classical virtuoso of the 21st Century. 1st Prize Winner of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and Concours musical international de  Montréal in addition to Buenos Aires, Schoenfeld, Stulberg Competitions, Jinjoo has toured on concert stages around the world since the age of 11.  Today, she continues to perform with leading orchestras such as… Read more

Max Geissler

Praised for his “superb artistry and beautiful sound”, cellist Max Geissler currently serves as the cellist and Co-Artistic Director of the mixed instrumentation new music ensemble Latitude 49 and is a highly sought-after chamber collaborator and educator. Before his Doctoral studies at Rice working with Desmond Hoebig, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan working with Richard Aaron. Passionately expanding the breadth and scope of the standard repertoire, Max has participated in… Read more

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