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Shirim

rhapsody

Piet Swerts, composer

Shirim is a rhapsody for symphonic band based on Jewish folk songs composed by Belgium composer Piet Swerts. The title is Hebrew for "songs." Concord Band clarinetist Steven Barbas will be leaving the band at the end of 2006 to pursue a master’s degree in wind ensemble conducting at Northwestern University. Steven has been invited to conduct a performance of this exciting rhapsody, which provides a clear example of typical Jewish folk songs and is reminiscent of Klezmer music.

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