Monday, December 23, 2013

The Big Event 2014

David Felberg & Family @ Congregation B'nai Israel: “An Evening with David Felberg & Family”  at Congregation B'nai Israel on January 12 will provide an evening of beautiful music and fine dining for Albuquerqueans.

 An Evening with David Felberg & Family
Congregation B'nai Israel ~ January 12

The event will start with wine and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 pm in the Social Hall of the synagogue, located at 4401 Indian School Road NE. Supper will be served at 6:30, followed by the concert at 8:00 in the sanctuary.


David Felberg, Albuquerque native, violinist and conductor, is Artistic Director and founder of Ensemble Music New Mexico, parent organization of the popular concert series, Chatter Sunday, Chatter Cabaret and Chatter 20-21.

He is Concertmaster of the Santa Fe Symphony and Music Director and Conductor of the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Felberg teaches contemporary music at the University of New Mexico, and is Associate Concertmaster of the NM Philharmonic, formerly the NM Symphony Orchestra.

He maintains a robust conducting and concert soloist career, performing throughout the southwest, and also has performed regularly on many chamber music series throughout New Mexico, including The Albuquerque Chamber Soloists, Noisy Neighbors, Taos Chamber Music Group, Corrales Cultural Arts Series, Serenata of Santa Fe, Los Alamos Coffee Concerts, and the Placitas Artists Series. He made his New York debut in Merkin Hall in the spring of 2005.

David received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Arizona and a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of New Mexico. He has participated in advanced string quartet studies at the University of Colorado with the Takacs Quartet, and worked with Harold Farbermann at the Bard Conducting Institute. David plays a J.B.Vuillaume 1829 violin.

Leonard Felberg, Professor Emeritus of Violin at the University of New Mexico, has had a distinguished and varied career in Europe, Latin America, Mexico and the United States. After receiving the Bachelor and Masters degrees from Yale University, where he was awarded the Horatio Parker Fellowship, he joined the Seventh Army Symphony, where he was featured soloist on tours of France, Germany and Luxembourg.

After leaving the service, Professor Felberg joined the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam for three years. He has held positions in the Berkshire Quartet, the Seraphin Trio, the University of Georgia Trio and the Toledo String Quartet, which won a medal at the Geneva International Competition.

Mr. Felberg was Concertmaster of the Santa Fe Symphony for 24 years and appeared as featured soloist with them, with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the Porto Alegre Symphony of Brazil. Professor Felberg has also held teaching positions at the University of Georgia, University of Syracuse and University of Toledo. In addition, he has taught workshops and master classes throughout the United States and Brazil. Many of his students have gone on to brilliant careers at major universities, and orchestras.

Arlette Felberg holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from The University of Michigan, a Master of Music Degree from the University of Miami, studied at The Manhattan School of Music, and worked on the Doctoral studies program at Indiana University.

Her teachers have included Elvira Szigeti, Gyorgy Sebok, and Menahem Pressler for piano and Janos Starker for chamber music.

Mrs. Felberg has held faculty positions at the University of Toledo (where she chaired the piano department) and for four years as Director of Keyboard Studies at The University of New Mexico.

A veteran of numerous solo orchestral and chamber music appearances, Ms. Felberg has performed with The Santa Fe Symphony, UNM Symphony Orchestra, Durango Civic Symphony, San Juan Symphony, Miami Symphony, Musica da Camera Orchestra, Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra, June Music Festival, Taos Festival, Placitas Artists Series, Corrales Artists Series, East Mountain Artists Series, “Music on the Hill” in Los Alamos, and The Santa Fe Concert Assn.

Ms. Felberg is a well known collaborative artist, whose many students, have themselves become university professors and performers throughout the U.S. and Asia, and she has influenced many students in the greater Albuquerque-Santa Fe area, who are now teachers and performers themselves. In 1990, she founded the highly acclaimed chamber music series, Albuquerque Chamber Soloists and has served as its Artistic Director throughout the years.


The musical program will include:

  • Ernest Bloch: Baal Shem  (Three Pictures of Chassidic Life) 
  • Fritz Kreisler: La Gitana  (The Gypsy) 
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata in F Major for Violin and Piano 
  • Jerry Bock: “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler On The Roof 

Here, to get us all in the mood, is violinist Lauren Saks performing Baal Shem. Important Note: Ms Saks is a graduate of Denison University and an accomplished fiddler! Here she is (with Mark O'Conner, et al), playing Emily's Reel.

The menu choices are prime rib roast beef, chicken in wine, or salmon - prepared under the direction of Chef Chris Buchalter. Fine wines will be served with the meal. A gala dessert reception featuring a celebratory cake will welcome guests on their return to the Social Hall for the dessert reception.

Concert, Gourmet Dinner & Dessert Reception
$100 per person

Concert & Dessert Reception
$50 per person

Please purchase tickets above
or call Congregation B'nai Israel
(505) 266-0155 by
January 1 to reserve!

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