Pro Musica Hebraica presents: War and Exile: The Music of Berman, Braunfels, and Ben-Haim
Pro Musica Hebraica presents the ARC Ensemble of Toronto in an all-new program devoted to presumed-lost masterpieces written during World War II by Karel Berman, Walter Braunfels, and Paul Ben-Haim.
- Thu., Nov. 18, 2010, 7:30 PM
- Terrace Theater
- Approx. 110 minutes
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War and Exile: The Music of Berman, Braunfels & Ben-Haim
WETA's critic-at-large Jens F. Laurson pegs this concert as "my must-hear event of the month" in the November-in-Music calendar of the WETA Classical Blog.
The award-winning ARC Ensemble of Toronto returns to the Kennedy Center with an all-new program devoted to presumed-lost masterpieces written during World War II by three singular composers: Karel Berman (1919–1995), Walter Braunfels (1882–1954), and Paul Ben-Haim (1897–1984).
Karel Berman's 1944 song cycle "Poupata," composed and premiered while he was interned at Theresienstadt, is a stunning, defiantly positive response to his nightmarish path from the Prague Conservatory to the Nazi concentration camp. Of mixed Jewish-Christian parentage, Walter Braunfels found himself steadily excluded from German musical life under the Nazis. Years of isolation led to the dark passion of his String Quintet, one of the great unheralded works in the chamber music tradition, presented here in its DC premiere. Far away from Europe at the same time, the German-born Paul Ben-Haim was busy creating the new sound of Jewish music in British Palestine. The "Melodies from the East" and Clarinet Quintet reflect his own wartime answers to the Nazi menace: proud, overtly Jewish celebrations of the ancient folkloric heritage renewed in the land of Israel.
Prior to the concert, there will be a lecture given by Dr. James Loeffler, Research Director of Pro Musica Hebraica, entitled "What Is Jewish Classical Music and Why Does It Matter?" from 6 to 7 p.m. in the North Atrium Foyer.
Concert Timing: Part One - 50 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 40 min.
- Simon Wynberg, artistic director
- Benjamin Bowman, violin
- Marie Bérard, violin
- Steven Dann, viola
- Bryan Epperson, cello
- David Hetherington, cello
- Joaquin Valdepeñas, clarinet
- Dianne Werner, piano
- Robert Pomakov, bass