Temple B'nai Israel in Aurora is happy to announce a musical performance by member and accomplished cellist Emily Camras at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19.
Accompanied by pianist Cindy Trowbridge, Emily's recital will take place at Congregation Beth Shalom, 772 W. Fifth Ave. in Naperville. The admission is free. A dairy reception will follow.
She will present works by first generation Israeli composers Paul Ben-Haim, Odeon Partos, Tzvi Avni and Joachim Stutschewsky.
"My interest in Israeli composers began with cellist and composer Joachim Stutschewsky. As a high school graduation present, my cello teacher Tanya Carey gave me music for his 'Israeli Suite' for cello and piano," Emily said.
In 2016, Emily studied in Israel at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Her program was inspired by research by cellists Judith Shiffers and Amir Eldan. Emily will be performing on Shiffers' cello, generously loaned to her for the recitals.
"I am still finding my way in the literature of Israeli composition," Emily added. "But for this concert, I wanted to showcase the composers whose work captivated me from the start."
Originally from Batavia, Emily attended the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and played in Midwest Young Artists' Symphony. Currently, Emily is pursuing degrees in cello and physics at the University of Michigan.
Her recital in Naperville has been generously funded by a project grant from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation at the Union League Club of Chicago. In addition, Emily is a 2014 Luminarts Fellow.
Cindy Trowbridge performs as a collaborative pianist in recitals and competitions throughout the Chicago area. A member of the piano faculty at College of DuPage, she also does extensive work as an accompanist for vocal and instrumental studios at Wheaton College.
For information about the upcoming performance, call Temple B'nai Israel's office at (630) 892-2450.
Temple B'nai Israel is located at 400 North Edgelawn Drive in Aurora. Details about the temple's congregation, religious services and educational programs can be found at www.temple-bnai-israel.org.