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in February!

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Erich von Stroheim and Walter Huston in "The North Stal;" a Copland-scored film,
written in 1943 by Lillian Hellman, that depicts the brutal ravaging of a Russian
village by the Nazis.

panist for singers.
"I did scores for public television's
American Playhouse, which was produced in
New York, and eventually, the projects led
to films in California," Sheffer says. "I did
the conducting for all the Batman films,
Alien and Interview With the Vampire; and I
wrote scores for smaller movies.
"I divided my time between New
York and Los Angeles, but I really
wanted to have a musical life in New _
York. I wanted to conduct in New
York, and that, along with my interest
in American music, combined into the
formation of Eos."
Made up of freelance musicians
whose numbers change according to
the needs of each booking, Eos is only
one of many conducting assignments
for Sheffer.
He has worked with the New York
City Opera, Seattle Symphony and the
Orchestra Filarmonica di Roma, and
recently was appointed music director
of Red, a new chamber ensemble in
Cleveland.
Eos, which presents an annual sub-
scription season in the concert hall at the
Ethical Culture Society in New York,
also has performed at Lincoln Center in
New York, the Ravinia Festival in
Chicago and at the White House.
Besides appearing on radio and TV,
the musicians offer educational oppor-
tunities for young people by showcas-
ing open rehearsals.

Back To His Roots

Although Sheffer has not performed in
Israel, he did travel there last year with
Andrew Cuomo, who was running for

governor of New York at the time.
The trip was part of Sheffer's activism
in Democratic Party political circles.
The conductor has opened his home
for political fund-raising and hosted
an event with Bill and Hillary Clinton
in attendance. He keeps a studio in his
residence, which he shares with his
partner, a physician.
Sheffer, raised in a Reform Jewish
household, had his bar mitzvah when
he was 39.
"My parents never insisted, but I
reached a point where I really wanted
to enrich my Jewish identity," he says.
"I have become very involved with my
synagogue."
Sheffer currently is working on a
CD with 10-minute operas. He has
led Eos through several recording proj-
ects, including the score for the Robert
DeNiro film Flawless.
"I like to do unique concerts, and
short operas make up a unique form
that I have been championing," he
explains. "My days are very scheduled
with building the organization, raising
funds and attending meetings, so com-
posing can get squeezed out.
"I'm hoping to go to Rome in June
and just take a few weeks to continue
writing projects." El

Jonathan Sheffer conducts the
Eos Orchestra in "The Celluloid
Copland: Copland's Music for
Movies" 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16,
at the Michigan Theater, 603 E.
Libeity, Ann Arbor. $18-$42.
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