Gauguin’s Paintings Meet Music of Terezín at MOR’s FREE Chamber Music Concert

Primitivism and Cross-Cultural Influence in the Spotlight at SAM

SEATTLE, WA—March 14, 2012Seattle-based Music of Remembrance’s final Sparks of Glory concert-with-commentary of the season, Far Is My Home, begins at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2012 in the Seattle Art Museum’s Plestcheeff Auditorium. The program builds on SAM’s current Gauguin exhibit to explore the role of primitivism and other cross-cultural influences in the music of Holocaust-era composers.

SAM’s exhibit, “Gauguin & Polynesia,” places Polynesian art alongside Gauguin’s works to illustrate the impact of Polynesian culture on Gauguin’s thinking and his work. In her introduction to the afternoon’s program, MOR artistic director Mina Miller will use examples from the exhibit to examine non-Western influences in fascinating music works which emerged from the concentration camp Terezín, infamous from its use in Nazi propaganda.

Audiences will hear Gideon Klein's haunting Fantasy and Fugue, Robert Dauber's salon-tinged Serenata, and spirited cabaret music sung by Terezín inmates to Terezín inmates, by baritone Erich Parce. Erwin Schulhoff's Five Pieces for String Quartet was written in 1923, but, inflected as it is with jazz, folk, and dance influences, it makes a soundtrack complementary to any post-concert tour of Gauguin's works. Twenty years after its composition, Schulhoff would perish in a Nazi slave labor camp.

The musicians in the MOR ensemble will be Mara Finkelstein, cello; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Leonid Keylin, violin; Mina Miller, piano; and Mikhail Shmidt, violin.

 

Far is My Home

April 21, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
Plestcheeff Auditorium, Seattle Art Museum
Free admission

Gideon Klein: Fantasy and Fugue for String Quartet (Terezín,1942)
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Leonid Keylin, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Mara Finkelstein, cello

Robert Dauber: Serenata (1942)
Leonid Keylin, violin; Mina Miller, piano

Terezín Cabaret Music (Terezín, c. 1942-44) English lyrics: Tom Neile
Erich Parce, baritone; Mina Miller, piano

Erwin Schulhoff: Five Pieces for String Quartet (1923)
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Leonid Keylin, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Mara Finkelstein, cello

About Music of Remembrance
Music of Remembrance (MOR) fills a unique spiritual and cultural role in Seattle and throughout the United States by remembering Holocaust musicians and their art through musical performances, educational programs, musical recordings and commissions of new works. Since its 1998-99 inaugural year, MOR has presented two major concerts annually at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, marking the anniversary of Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) each fall and Holocaust Remembrance Day each spring. Since 2005-06, MOR’s Sparks of Glory outreach series has combined free public concerts with commentary by Artistic Director Mina Miller, reaching beyond the concert hall through performance residencies around Seattle. MOR has also produced six CDs—five on Naxos, the world’s leading classical music label—and two documentaries, both by award-winning filmmaker John Sharify. More information available at www.musicofremembrance.org.

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