San Diego REPertory Theatre and Musician Yale Strom Presents the World Premiere of ‘Somalia Quartet’

San Diego REPertory Theatre and Musician Yale Strom Presents the World Premiere of ‘Somalia Quartet’
September, 2015 Client News
SAN DIEGO – Sept. 15, 2015 – In a brand new piece focused on diverse cultures of San Diego, and funded by San Diego Foundation, Creative Catalyst Grantee Yale Strom presents the world premiere of “Somalia Quartet,” with a one night performance on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. The special event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by San Diego REPertory Theatre as part of their 40th anniversary celebration.

Creative Catalyst Grantee Yale Strom is most famous for his work with Klezmer and Roma music.  An internationally acclaimed film director, composer, photographer, playwright, and musician, he has performed with his band Hot Pstromi in venues around the world.  He is a pioneer ethnologist of three decades who originally focused on the Jewish and Roma communities in Central and Eastern Europe. After 75 research expeditions, Strom has become of the world’s leading scholar-ethnographer-artist of klezmer music, history and culture.

Strom has turned his attention to the music and history of our Somalian community.  After conducting extensive research, he has composed a new classical piece exploring the authentic folk music of the Somalian community, “Somalia Quartet.”

“Somalia Quartet” will be performed by the acclaimed Hausmann Quartet. Hailed as “an accomplished young foursome with a luscious sound and an experimental bent,” the Hausmann Quartet has become known for its powerful, dynamic performances and commitment to community engagement. Now in its 11th season, the Hausmann Quartet has established itself an integral part of the cultural life of Southern California as faculty Artists-in-Residence at San Diego State University and Ensemble-in-Residence at Mainly Mozart. The Hausmann Quartet are violinists Isaac Allen and Bram Goldstein, violist Angela Choong and cellist Alex Greenbaum.

The program will include the Hausmann Quartet playing “Bartok’s Quartet No. 2” and Strom’s “Somalia Quartet” inspired by folk themes, and then will be joined by Yale Strom for several Klezmer classics. The program will then conclude with the world premiere of “Somalia Quartet.”

This performance is FREE and open to the public. It will also feature complimentary Somalian food.

This performance is commissioned by the generosity of the Creative Catalyst Fund of the San Diego Foundation. The Creative Catalyst: Individual Artist Fellowship Program provides opportunities for local professional artists to create work that advances their careers and increases civic engagement and social capital within San Diego neighborhoods. This grant was made possible by the Ariel W. Coggeshall Fund of the San Diego Foundation Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement.

Earlier this year, San Diego REP kicked off this 40th anniversary special event series, designed to go above and beyond traditional season schedule, provides an opportunity to reach new and underserved audiences throughout San Diego County with performances in the community or at their theatre in Horton Plaza. “For four decades, we have staged contemporary plays, classics and musicals that honor inclusion and diversity as values we are proud to put on our stages. These events will continue this commitment as we embark on our 40th season this fall and winter,” says Sam Woodhouse, artistic director and co-founder, San Diego REPertory Theatre.

San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. Founded in 1976, San Diego REPertory Theatre is downtown San Diego’s resident theatre, promoting a more inclusive community through work that nourishes progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. The company produces and hosts over 300 events and performances year-round on its three stages at the Lyceum Theatre. Since moving to the Lyceum, the REP has produced 45 main stage productions by Latino playwrights, and more than 40 world premieres. The company has received more than 200 awards for artistic excellence from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, Patté Theatre Awards, NAACP, Backstage West, Dramalogue and StageSceneLA. In 2005, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented the REP with the Craig Noel Award “For 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity.” San Diego REPertory Theatre feeds the curious soul. To learn more about San Diego REPertory Theatre, to purchase tickets, or make a donation, visit Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter .