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Music in Exile - Émigré Composers of the 1930s

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MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE – A LIVING MEMORIAL TO THE HOLOCAUST,
IN ASSOCIATION WITH CANADA'S ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC, PRESENTS
"MUSIC IN EXILE-ÉMIGRÉ COMPOSERS OF THE 1930s" NOVEMBER 9 TO 13, 2008

"Music in Exile-Émigré Composers of the 1930s" Opens on 70th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

Five Premieres Are Featured in Five-Day Series of Music and Talks, Concluding With Marc Neikrug's Music-Theater Piece Through Roses

On Sunday, November 9, the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, and 75 years since Adolf Hitler's rise to power, the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, in association with Canada's Royal Conservatory of Music, will launch "Music in Exile-Émigré Composers of the 1930s," a five-day series of concerts, talks, and a music-theater piece celebrating the music of Jewish composers forced to flee the Third Reich and German composers who resisted the Nazi regime.

The series takes place in the Museum's Edmond J. Safra Hall located at 36 Battery Place and includes premieres by five different composers and a lecture/talk about "Entartete Musik" by Gottfried Wagner, the great-grandson of composer Richard Wagner and the founder of the Post-Holocaust Dialogue Group, which seeks to reconcile victims and perpetrators of the Holocaust. Featured are the ARC Ensemble (Artists of the Royal Conservatory), who have dedicated themselves to the performance of both the traditional chamber music canon and the rediscovery of repertoire that, through political changes or shifts in musical fashion has been ignored or marginalized, including music written before and during the Holocaust. Simon Wynberg, artistic director of the ARC Ensemble, is curator of the series, and Stephen Vann is the artistic producer. Other artists include violinist Daniel Phillips, co-founder of the Orion String Quartet and professor of violin at Queens College; Canadian bass Robert Pomakov, and baritone Chris Pedro Trakas. Marc Neikrug conducts his music-theater work Through Roses, featuring veteran actor Saul Rubinek.

Pre-concert talks by such authorities as Michael Beckerman, professor of music and historical musicology at New York University, and Bret Werb, musicologist of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, will complement several presentations.

Information and tickets for "Music in Exile-Émigré Composers of the 1930s" are available by calling the Museum of Jewish Heritage at 646.437.4202 or by visiting the Museum's Web site at www.mjhnyc.org

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