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New Budapest Orpheum Society
New Budapest Orpheum Society

New Budapest Orpheum Society
Philip V. Bohlman, Artistic Director
Ilya Levinson, Music Director & Arranger

Philip V. Bohlman (Artistic Director) is Professor of Music and Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago. An ethnomusicologist whose fieldwork has taken him to Jewish communities in central and eastern Europe, and in Israel, Bohlman undertook the research responsible for uncovering much of the repertory for Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano. His diverse scholarly projects concentrate on recovering forgotten or destroyed Jewish musical traditions. When the New Budapest Orpheum Society goes on the road, he plays the role of "Herr Ober." The author or editor of many books, Bohlman has most recently published The Folk Songs of Ashkenaz (with Otto Holzapfel, A-R Editions, 2001) and World Music: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2002).

Ilya Levinson (Music Director, Arranger, and pianist) was born in the USSR and graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory with a degree in music composition. In 1988, he emigrated to the United States, where he completed his Ph.D. in composition at the University of Chicago in 1997. Mr. Levinson's works have been performed by numerous Chicago-area ensembles including CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Contemporary Chamber Players, the New Music Ensembles of The University of Chicago and Northwestern University, and the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra, among others. He was a winner of the Midwest Composers competition in 1994, and received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Music Composition in 1997. He has written music for several documentary films including Shtetl and Isa: The People's Diva, a film about the life of singer Isa Kramer. A member of New Tuners Musical Theatre Workshop, Mr. Levinson writes frequently for the stage including musicals and operas. Ilya Levinson is also a composer-in-residence with American Music Festivals. His Klezmer Rhapsody was recorded by the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band on the Shanachie label. Mr. Levinson is lecturer in music and instructor in the College at the University of Chicago.

Discography
Jewish Cabaret In Exile
Jewish Cabaret In Exile

Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano
Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano