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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

Free Jazz Concert Plus Classical Selections at NJIT Set for Dec. 4, 2011

"Never Losing Hope: Different Voices of Contemporary Music,” the first of three free concerts from the Museum of Human Rights, Freedom and Tolerance will take place Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 at 4 p.m. in the NJIT Campus Center, Summit and Bleeker streets.   An eclectic program ranging from jazz to classical music will be offered by four accomplished musicians.Free parking will be available in the NJIT parking lot at the same location. The public is invited.

The program will feature classical, chamber, pop and jazz works performed by clarinetist Julian Milkis, cellist Regina Mushabac and pianists Luba Sindler and Dimitrije Vasijevic. The program will include “Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano” by  Nino Rota (1911-1979) performed by Milkis, Mushabac and Sindler who will follow with “Three Argentinean Pieces” by Astor Piazzola (1921-1992). Vasijevic will complete the program with three piano jazz selections, including one of his own.

Vasiljevic has three releases with the Belgrade Dixieland Orchestra. He founded and leads the Neo Instinct Band, a group based on jazz fusion and contemporary jazz sound. He has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Norrtelje Jazzdagar (Sweden), Bohem Jazz Festival (Hungary) and Miskolc Dixieland Festival (Hungary).  In 2008, he received the third juried and public prize at the Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition. In 2007, he arrived in the US from Serbia, a graduate of the Belgrade Academy of Music. He now studies in Boston.

Pianist Luba Sindler was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and received a doctorate in piano and chamber music from the St. Petersburg Conservatory. She moved to the U.S. in 1987 where she continued her career as a soloist, chamber artist and teacher. She is the co-founder and artistic director of the Blue Mountain Festival and director of cultural outreach at the Museum of Human Rights, Freedom and Tolerance. 

Regina Mushabac is a professor of cello at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, Cleveland. She has studied at The Juilliard School with Leonard Rose and at Indiana University with Janos Starker. Mushabac can be heard in solo recordings on the GM Recording label, Trumedia Records and New World Records.

Clarinetist Julian Milkis is the only living student of clarinet icon Benny Goodman. Milkis has garnered an international stature as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and jazz clarinetist. His interpretations and branded sound have earned him acclaim from European publications including the Hamburg Abendblatt, the Edmond Journal and the Russian Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

For more information about the concert, contact Alex Mushkin, 862-438-5848, amushkin@museumhrft.org.

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