St. Paul, Minnesota native Steven Rosen joined the Cincinnati Symphony in 1982. He was previously a member of both the Netherlands Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and is a former principal violist and soloist with the Toledo Symphony. He has participated in the Blossom and Aspen music festivals. Stevens' studies were with Abraham Skernick, Martha Katz, Robert Vernon, Victor Lieberman and Salvatore Venitelli. Steven has appeared as soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony.
Mr. Rosen is an active solo and chamber player, performing regularly with the CSO Chamber Players, the Taft Museum music series, and solo recitals in the area.
He is a member of The Levassor Duo with Richard Goering on guitar and their newest release is Duende:
featuring the music of Manuel de Falla which is the essence of the Spanish soul, distilled. In the Suite Populaire Espagnole, every note is in its place and to perfect effect.
The lyrics of Mi Shebeirach say, “May the source of strength / Who blessed the ones before us / Help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing / and let us say, Amen.” Debbie Friedman’s gorgeous setting of this central Jewish prayer of healing is beautiful with or without the words.
The poetry of Hannah Szenes, a Hungarian poet and playwright who wrote in Hungarian and Hebrew is the basis for Eli Eli, another famous melody. “My God, My God / I pray that these things never end / The sand and the sea / The rustle of the waters / Lightning of the Heavens / The prayer of Man…” She was captured and executed after parachuting into Nazi occupied Yugoslavia to aid the partisians.
The Sonata for Viola and Guitar (1960) by Jose Lezcano is an important work for viola and guitar - yet is not often performed or recorded. We love its profound musical structure and powerful melodies, and are so pleased to have discovered it! We proudly present it here and in our concert repertoire.
Watchman, Tell Us Of The Night is a fun little thing we arranged for a Christmas CD compilation featuring Cincinnati guitarists’ arrangements of holiday songs, put together for radio stations WGUC and WNKU by Brian O’Donnell. The music is by the Welsh hymnist Joseph Parry, written in 1876, text by John Bowring. Aberystwyth, Parry’s most famous tune, became a liberation anthem in Africa in this century.
Joe Drzewiecki’s Tre Per Due was composed for the Le Vassor Duo in 2013. What an exciting experience to receive each new movement and to work through various revisions with the Joe in preparation for performing and recording the piece! Cinque Terre and Mykonos evoke of two of Steven’s favorite places. Scooter & Pedro is a musical portrait of Steven and Richard’s dogs. The composer chose to set Mykonos in a blues style, reflecting the woes of the Greek economy.
Concerto for Viola in G Major by Georg Philipp Telemann features Richard’s skillful reduction of the orchestral score for guitar, transforming the Concerto into a delightful Baroque duo and an important new addition to guitar chamber music literature.
The Duo has played Kol Nidre at Temple Beth Adam for High Holidays since the early 80's and have an earlier CD:
"A PINCH OF OY, A DASH OF AHH! A BISSEL KRECTSER A BISSEL KVELLER" which includes that masterpiece of Bruch. It is available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rosengoering# and Amazon.com . He has also recorded for Bay Cities Records as the violist with the Korngold Quartet.
"Impassioned and heartfelt…great stuff!"
John Morris Russell, conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
Guitarist Richard Goering was moved to play the guitar after seeing the Beatles first television performances. Two years later, after watching films of Andres Segovia master classes in Santiago de Compostela, he began to study classical guitar.Richard has performed to enthusiastic responses in concert series in New York, New England, and the Midwest and internationally in Spain and Italy. The Corriere della Sera in Rome praised his beautiful sounds [and] elegant and well constructed phrases, while a Courier-Journal critic wrote that, " his guitar is for our time, but it is also for all time."
JANELLE GELFAND - Music editor for The Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra violist Steven Rosen and guitarist Richard Goering have released an album of traditional and folk gems, which they adapted and arranged for their duo. The instrumental disc includes, "Raisins & Almonds," Abraham Goldfaden's famous setting of a Yiddish lullaby, and the lovely "Erev shel shoshanim" (Evening walk in the roses). It finishes with Rosen's spiritual performance of "Kol Nidre."
Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo author: Scott Slapin & Tanya Solomon. What a great idea to arrange some of the best Jewish tunes out there for viola and guitar. The combination is fantastic, and you guys sound great! a mechaye! Mazal tov!
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