Between Two Worlds: Jewish Voices in Modern European Music
Orion Weiss, piano
In 1945, the Austrian-born film composer Erich Korngold sat down in Los Angeles to write his Third String Quartet. He chose as a principal melody the theme from the film Between Two Worlds, a perfect metaphor for a life split in two, bisected by war and exile, tragic past and uncertain future.
Korngold's "two worlds" aptly sums up the theme of Pro Musica Hebraica's fall concert: the shared experience of a formidable generation of Jewish composers--Arnold Schoenberg, Ernest Bloch, and Erwin Schulhoff--who passed from the vibrant world of fin-de-siecle Vienna, Prague, Berlin. and Paris into the heart of Europe's 20th century terrors. These composers responded to their tumultuous world by drawing from the reserve of their Jewish heritage and producing startlingly original yet largely forgotten music.
To explore this legacy, Pro Musica Hebraica is pleased to partner with one of the most dynamic young string quartets of our day, the Ariel Quartet. Natives of Israel, they are joined in their Kennedy Center debut by the young virtuoso pianist Orion Weiss.
Performance Timing: Part One - 50 min., Intermission - 15 min., Part Two - 40 min.