Greenwich Orchestra plays Zabinski symphony

Greenwich High School will be hosting the North American premiere of a recently discovered symphony written by the late Israeli composer Herbert Zabinski on Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 16 at 3 p.m.

Mr. Zabinski was born in Breslau, Germany in 1901. In 1936, he immigrated to Haifa, Palestine, where he worked as a mechanical engineer. However, his great passion for music motivated him to become very active in local musical circles. Mr. Zabinski’s symphony was written in 1946, but was only recently found in the family archives by his son Michael.

Michael Zabinski is currently a professor of engineering on the faculty of Fairfield University. Dr. Zabinski arranged for the world premiere of his father’s symphony in Haifa, Israel, in November of 2011, performed by the Haifa Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Maestro Yoel Levi. He is also arranging the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of the work, which will be performed alongside works by Beethoven and Prokofiev.

Greenwich Symphony conductor David Gilbert describes the Symphony as a “bright, colorful work in neo-classical style that contains delightful melodies, brilliant orchestration, and a hauntingly beautiful second movement”.

Dr. and Mrs. Michael Zabinski, their son Eric Zabinski, and daughter Marion Zabinski Handler will be attending the performance in Greenwich.

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