A Voice for the Silenced to Air May 2-6
Series commemorates the 60th anniversary of the
liberation of the Nazi concentration camps
Voice for the Silenced, a series of five one-hour shows on composers of the
Holocaust period, will air at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 2-6, on KBSU.
Conductor James Conlon will join host Monika Vischer to talk about the
Holocaust�s devastation of Europe�s musical scene and the recent reemergence
of these composers� stories and works. Vischer will also talk with singer
Ela Weissberger, a survivor of the Terez�n concentration camp, who shares
her childhood experiences with powerful intimacy.
series begins with the compelling music and story of Viktor Ullmann
(1898-1944), whose most important works were written for fellow prisoners at
Theresienstadt (Terez�n), a Nazi transit camp for European Jews destined for
extermination camps, before his murder at Auschwitz. Not only lives but also
legacies were lost in the Holocaust. After immigrating to America in 1933,
Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) became the most influential successor of the
Viennese school through his students and followers, while others of his
generation, like Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942) and Franz Schreker
(1878-1934), were denied a similar legacy.
The Nazi oppression covered politics and sexual orientation as well as
religious and racial heritage. Still, there were voices of heroism and
survival, heard in the works of Ervin Schulhoff (1894-1942) as well as Karl
Amadeus Hartmann (1905-1963) and Walter Braunfels (1882-1954). These were
voices that could not be easily stilled. Locked away from Europe�s concert
halls, imprisoned composers like Ullmann, Hans Kr�sa (1899-1944), Gideon
Klein (1919-1945), Pavel Haas (1899-1944) and Olivier Messiaen (1908-92),
shared their creativity and spirit in the barracks of concentration camps
like Terez�n. Through foresight, luck or daring, some survived or escaped
the Holocaust and immigrated to other countries, especially America.
Uprooted and forever changed by the experience, composers like Erich
Korngold (1897-1957), Ernst Krenek (1900-1991) and Kurt Weill (1900-1950)
found new homes, new opportunities and new voices.
�The Holocaust had a devastating impact on Western musical history,� said
Conlon. �It was the uprooting of a centuries-old musical garden which had
been nurtured and flourishing since before the time of Bach.� Conlon has
devoted years to the study and performance of music by composers whose lives
and work were affected by the Holocaust. Born in New York in 1950, he
studied at the Juilliard School in New York and made his d�but conducting
Boris Godunov at the 1971 Spoleto Festival in Italy. After receiving the
conducting award of the American National Orchestral Association, he was the
youngest conductor engaged for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra�s
subscription series in 1974. Conlan made his Metropolitan d�but in 1976 and
his British opera d�but with the Scottish Opera in the same year. In 1979 he
debuted at Covent Garden and succeeded Levine as music director of the
Cincinnati May Festival. After international engagements and positions with
the Paris Op�ra, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Rotterdam Philharmonic
Orchestra and the Chicago Lyric Opera, Conlon became chief conductor at the
Cologne Opera in 1989. In 1996 he was appointed music director of the Op�ra
National de Paris while concurrently serving as General Music Director of
the city of Cologne, Germany. He will be assuming leadership of the Los
Angeles Opera in 2006.
A Voice for the Silenced was produced to commemorate the 60th anniversary of
the final liberation of the Nazi concentration camps in 1945.
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