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New Jersey Choral Society to premiere work by Ed Lojeski
by Lori Howard for Vocal Area Network
Posted May 19, 2009

New Jersey Choral SocietyThe New Jersey Choral Society is pleased to announce its upcoming world premiere performance of Ed Lojeski's Psalms of the Passover on  June 13, 2009 in Ridgewood, NJ. Mr. Lojeski, who will be on the podium as guest conductor, composed this major work in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Israel becoming a state, using as its foundation Psalms 113-118, the psalms of the traditional Passover Seder. The piece will be sung by the New Jersey Choral Society with piano, violin, cello and clarinet. This arrangement, which Mr. Lojeski composed especially for the NJCS premiere with their accompanist, Linda Sweetman-Waters, is an alternative to the full orchestral version, to be performed at the International Haydn Festival in Vienna in July 2009.

When Mr. Lojeski, the most highly published composer and arranger of the 20th century, is asked about his compositional style, he describes himself as a "minimalist," explaining, "I try to 'wring out' as much musical value from as few notes as