Mishkan Torah                                   

                                    Proudly presents a   

            Violin Concert by

             Sarah Saviet  

The Ways and Means Committee is excited to announce that Mishkan Torah star violin virtuoso Sarah Saviet will return to Mishkan Torah to perform a special, one time only concert on Sunday, August 26, at two in the afternoon.  Sarah has agreed to perform her farewell concert in the United States before she heads to Berlin, Germany, where she will begin studying for a Masters Degree at the University of the Arts. Sarah has recently been awarded both Fulbright and DAAD grants to study in Germany. Sensational Sarah will transform Mishkah Torah into Carnegie Hall by performing an electrifying program of violin favorites. The gala event will conclude with light refreshments, and will feature a surprise or two.

The concert will mark Sarah’s first performance at Mishkan Torah since her spectacular appearance before a sold-out house at the Young Performers Series Concert on March 13, 2011 where she received a series of standing ovations She gave  a legendary appearance early in 2007 before an enthralled audience at a High Tea sponsored by the Sisterhood.

Sarah has just completed Performance Diploma  studies at Indiana University where she studied with Jorja Fleezanis, performed regularly with the New Music Ensemble and taught in the string academy. She recently won the Indiana University Concerto Competition, where she performed Alban Berg’s challenging and technically demanding Violin Concerto with the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra. This past March she performed in Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls as part of a collaboration with composer Kaija Saariaho and cellist Annsi  Kartunnen led by the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshops. She has given concerts in Switzerland with the new music group Eighth Blackbird, and chamber music collaborations with Alex Kerr, Eric Kim, and Jorja Fleezanis. She also served for the past two years as first violinist for a student/faculty quartet founded by Atar Arad, former violist of the Cleveland Quartet.

A National Merit Scholar in high school, Sarah was one of only 24 entering freshmen to  be named a Wells Scholar upon entering  Indiana University in 2007.Prior to going to Indiana,  Sarah studied music at Peabody Preparatory, where she won the full concerto competition. She has been a prize winner in other musical competitions as well, including the MTNA National String Competition,ASTA String Competition, Friday Morning Music Club Competition, and the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Feder Competition. Besides at Mishkan Torah, Sarah has soloed frequently in the metropolitan area, including performances with the Peabody Sinfonietta and the Landon Symphonette. Sarah has performed in the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall as a winner of the National Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition, and at no less a venue than New York’s celebrated Carnegie Hall as a member of the New York String Orchestra under the baton of Jamie Laredo. At Peabody Preparatory, Sarah served as the concertmaster of the Sinfonietta as well as playing with the Conservatory’s Symphony Orchestra. She has attended many summer festivals including the Sarasota Music Festival, ENCORE School for Strings, and the Orford Arts Center. Sarah plays a violin which has been loaned to her by the Washington Performing Arts Society.            

Sarah is the daughter of  Mishkan Torah members Elizabeth Ahmann and Richard Saviet. She took confirmation classes at Mishkan Torah, and played a recital at the Synagogue to raise money for the Peace Room in the District of Columbia, which is an afterschool program for children in the Sursum Corda housing project. Sarah taught music classes there during her senior year in high school. Sarah has performed a number of times at the Synagogue in talent shows and similar occasions in addition to  giving full recitals at  the Young Performers Series, Sisterhood and Sursum Corda events.

This spectacular event marking Sarah’s triumphant return to Mishkan Torah and  the chance to say farewell to her and wish her the best before she commences her European studies not to be missed! Tickets for the gala event are only fifteen dollars if ordered before August 22, 2012. Tickets may be purchased afterwards or at the door for eighteen dollars in the unlikely event the concert does not sell out beforehand. Tickets may be ordered directly from the Synagogue or on line on the Synagogue’s website at www.Mishkantorah,org/saviet. To facilitate the ticket purchase process, there is a Flyer which serves as an order blank elsewhere in this issue of “The Trumpet.”

In addition, there will be a beautiful souvenir program book for the occasion. People can show their support of Sarah and Mishkan Torah and be listed in the program book by making a donation, whether or not they actually attend the concert. There are four different donation levels; Contributor/$18; Benefactor/$36; Patron/$54; and Impresario/$72+. The donations may be made by using the Flyer or by otherwise contacting the Synagogue, or conveniently online through the Synagogue website at the address shown above, whether or not tickets are also ordered.

This concert is a wonderful way to end your summer, enjoy great music, and say hail and farewell to a marvelous Mishkan Torah artist, who will have a spectacular international performing career. Hope to see you there!


August 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM 


at Mishkan Torah in Greenbelt, MD


Admission: $15 in advance 

                    $18 at the door