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The Elaine N. Sherman Fine Arts Fund Concert

The Elaine N. Sherman Fine Arts Fund presents Duo Sonidos performing “Music of Jewish Heritage and Culture”
Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm
North Shore Congregation Israel
1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe

Admission is free of charge. Please reserve your seat by calling the synagogue office at 847/835-0724 or

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Critically acclaimed for their “stunning performances” by BBC Music Magazine, the top prize-winning chamber ensemble Duo Sonidos brings together the talents of Chicago native guitarist Adam Levin and violinist William Knuth. Duo Sonidos will present Music of Jewish Heritage and Culture, featuring music by Jewish-American composers such as George Gershwin, Robert Beaser, and Lukas Foss, along with music by non-Jewish composers inspired by Judaism, including works by Maurice Ravel and Lorenzo Palomo, and more.

Adam Levin has been praised by renowned American guitarist, Eliot Fisk, as a “virtuoso Guitarist and a true 21st century renaissance man with the élan, intelligence, charm, tenacity and conviction to change the world .” The recipient of numerous top prizes, Adam Levin has been recognized by national and international competitions. As an ambassador for the guitar, Mr. Levin is dedicated to sharing the guitar’s vibrant and comprehensive repertoire in underserved areas and unconventional spaces. In 2007 -08, he was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship for innovative community work in the Boston area. In 2008, Levin was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to research and perform 20th and 21st century contemporary Spanish guitar repertoire in Madrid, Spain. In 2009, he was also the recipient of the Program for Cultural Cooperation Grant and most recently, Levin was awarded the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship to continue his research and performance career in Madrid, Spain.

William Knuth, violinist, has earned recognition for his artistry as a solo and chamber musician and has been praised by American Record Guide for his “perfect intonation, wide range of timbre...expressive phrasing, and great sensitivity.” Mr. Knuth spent two years as a US Fulbright grantee to Vienna, Austria studying at the Vienna Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst. He was a featured performer multiple times for members of the United Nations Council as well as foreign ambassadors from Russia, Spain, Germany, and Austria. In addition to his international touring as a member of Duo Sonidos with Adam Levin, William has participated in various international festivals and academies including the Internationale Sommer Akademie Prague-
Vienna - Budapest, the IMPULS New Music Ensemble Akademie with the Vienna
Klangforum Orchestra, and the Juilliard International Akademie at the Hochschule fur Musik in Leipzig, Germany. Mr. Knuth has traveled and performed in central Europe at notable venues such as the Bösendorfer Hall and Antonio Vivaldi Hall in Vienna, the Mendelssohn House
in Leipzig, Germany, the Instituto Internacional of Madrid, and the Berliner Ensemble in Berlin.

“Don't miss this opportunity to hear Duo Sonidos - a pair of world class musicians!”
Cantor David Goldstein


Deux Melodies Hebraiques
Maurice Ravel

Selections from Porgy and Bess Suite

Selections from Mountain Songs
Robert Beaser

Selections from Madrigal y Cinco Canciones Sefardies

Lorenzo Palomo

Baal Shem Suite, Three Pictures of Hassidic Life
Ernest Bloch

Three American Pieces
Lukas Foss

The Hebraic Rhapsody for Solo Guitar
Gregg Nestor

Elaine N. Sherman

Elaine N. Sherman was a devoted member of North Shore Congregation Israel, where she was confirmed and married and later served tirelessly on the Nursery School and Religious Education boards, the Fine Arts committee and the staff of KARAV, (now known as The Elaine N. Sherman KARAV). As the interior design consultant to the “Arise and Build” project, she contributed in great measure to the beauty and spirituality of the temple.

She attended Mills College in Oakland, California and graduated from Northwestern University in 1957. A professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, Elaine received the 1983 President Citation from the Illinois Chapter of A.S.I.D., on whose board she served.

Other organizations also drew support from her generous spirit and love of the arts. She designed and furnished rooms in show houses to benefit Women’s American ORT, the Park Ridge Home for Girls and the March of Dimes.

The Elaine Sherman Fine Arts Fund of North Shore Congregation Israel was established in her memory in May 1985 and supports special events in the performing arts as well as provides the congregation with objects of fine art.



My colleagues and I
look forward to welcoming
you personally to
North Shore Congregation Israel.

- Rabbi Steven S. Mason

North Shore Congregation Israel is affiliated
with the Union for Reform Judaism.