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January 09, 1976 - Image 44

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-01-09

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

44 January 9,1976



Chajes' 2-Celli Composition Slated for Presentation at Helsinki Concert

Julius Chajes, distin-
guished pianist and director
of the Jewish Community

1,000 Jews Flee
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PARIS (ZINS) — Approx-
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with most of them arriving
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only about 1,200 Jews in
Lebanon.
Jean Rosenthal, chairman
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all Lebanese Jews who want
to settle in France.

Center Symphony Orches-
tra, added glory to his ca-
reer as a composer with a
speedily fulfilled mission to
prepare a composition
marking the American Rev-
olution Bicentennial at a
concert in Helsinki, Fin-
land.
The uniqueness of his
task is that, for the first
time, he had written a com-
position for two celli, to be
played without piano ac-
companiment.
The composition was pre-
pared for Italo Babini, solo
cellist of the Detroit Sym-
phony Orchestra, who was
invited by the State Depart-
ment in December to play a
recital at the American
Embassy. Babini was asked
in September to represent

The Jewish Community Center



of Metropolitan Detroit

Detroit in a.culturai ex-
change with Finland.
After the program was
submitted, Babini was
asked about featuring an
American work and he
called Chajes to ask for a
work for two celli to repre-
sent the city of Detroit.
The speed with which the
composition, "Theme . and
Variations for Two Celli,"
was suggested and the re-
quest fulfilled is explained
by Chajes:
"Ten days ago he called
Me at midnight and told me
that he was asked to pre-
pare a composition by a De-
troit composer — would I be
able and willing to write a
seven-minute work for two
celli (!), since Susan Weaver,
also of the DSO, would be
leaving with him.
"He said that I would
have two days time to give
him the title of the compos-
ition which he has to give

JULIUS CHAJES

to the State Department
and one week to complete
the work, so that he would
have one week to prepare
the work! He tried to con-
vince me that it is impor-
tant for me, for him, for
Detroit, etc.
"I 'asked him for 24 hours
to think it over.
"I remembered an origi-

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Jews in the Detroit area
and throughout the world
will observe Tu b'Shevat
Jan. 17. The 15th day of the
Hebrew month of Shevat is
mentioned in the Midrash
as the New Year of Trees (or
Jewish Arbor Day), because
at that period the sap begins
to rise in the trees in the
land of Israel. It is custom-
ary on Tu b'Shevat to eat of
the fruits which grow in Is-
rael — figs, dates, the carob
(bokser), nuts and also ap-
ples — and to plant trees.
The celebration of Tu
b'Shevat dates back more
than 2,000 years. For many
years in Michigan, the
whole month of Shevat has
been observed as Jewish
National Fund Month.
This year Tu b'Shevat
falls on the same day as
Jewish National Fund Sab-
bath (Jan. 17).
Congregations in Detroit
and throughout the state
will observe the day by

stressing the accomplish-
ments of Jewish National
Fund as the sole agency for
the reclamation and reafo-
restation of the land of Is-
rael. JNF has planted more
than 130 million trees in
Israel.
Thousands of students
will plant trees in Israel at
this time through JNF.
For information about
JNF Sabbath events, JeWish
National Fund Month, the
American Bicentennial Na-
tional Park near Jerusalem
and other JNF afforestation
projects, contact JNF,
968-0820.

Ad in Error

An advertisement in the
Dec. 26 issue of The Jewish
News inadvertently stated
that Mrs. William Keller is
president of the Turover Aid
Society, when in fact, her
husband William Keller is
president. The Jewish News
regrets the error.

Adler & Reese

naJ theme of mine which I
composed during my stay in
i
Jerusalem and which lends
itself well for variations (I
wrote piano and string or-
chestra variations on that
theme a few years ago).
"I decided to write varia-
tions for two celli on that
theme. The holiday period
which I wanted to be a well-
deserved vacation for me I
spent writing the variations
for Babini — the work is
completed and Babini will
see to it that is is published
after his return from Eu-
rope."
The new Chajes compos-
ition was played at a pri-
vate musicale on Tuesday
evening, prior to Babini's
and Mrs. Weaver's depar-
ture for Finland today.
The composition, was
commented upon as "a Jew-

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ish Bach." Flowing -through
it are strains of Hatikva and
strains of Chajes' world ac-
claimed composition
"Adarim."
Chajes first composed at
the age of 9. His father, the
late Dr. Joseph Chajes, who
died in Israel where he set-
tled in 1934, intermingled
his medical practice with
devotion to the violin.
Chajes' uncle, the late Rabbi
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of the leading world Zionist
figures in the 1920s.

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