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Pro Musica Hebraica presents: ARC Ensemble: Before The Night: Jewish Classical Masterpieces of Pre-1933 Europe

Pro Musica Hebraica presents: ARC Ensemble: Before The Night: Jewish Classical Masterpieces of Pre-1933 Europe

Thursday, May 7, 2015 7:30 PM

Pro Musica Hebraica presents a listening tour of the moment just before 1933 through three unique works all composed between 1928 and 1931 performed byperennial favorites the ARC Ensemble.

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ARC Ensemble
Erika Raum, violin
Marie Berard, violin
Steven Dann, viola
Winona Zelenka, cello
David Louie, piano
Dianne Werner, piano

The Nazi rise to power in 1933 cut short the careers of a generation of Jewish composers just entering their prime. Those who survived found their music branded as racially impure and banned from the concert hall. Even after the war, the shadows of Nazism continued to engulf these composers, obscuring some of their greatest masterpieces. In this concert, Pro Musica Hebraica presents a listening tour of the moment just before 1933 through three unique works all composed between 1928 and 1931. Perennial favorites the ARC Ensemble (Artists of the Royal Conservatory of Canada) return with stunning pieces by three titans of the post-World War I generation of European Jewish composers--Viennese romantic Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Polish modernist Jerzy Fitelberg, and Italian neoclassicist Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco.

"[The ARC Ensemble] played with earthy gusto [and] riveted the audience's attention." (The Washington Post)

Performance Timing: Part One - 40 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 38 min.

Program & Notes

Composer
Piece
Jerzy Fitelberg
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco