Music of Remembrance makes its Tacoma debut with a free concert at the Tacoma Art Museum: “Mirror of Memory,” a program of string works by Beigelman, Bloch, Klein, Krasa and Schulhoff

SEATTLE, WA—December 2, 2013—Seattle-based Music of Remembrance (MOR) makes its Tacoma debut with a free concert at the Tacoma Art Museum on Saturday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m. The program, “Mirror of Memory,” includes chamber music for strings by David Beigelman, Ernest Bloch, Gideon Klein, Hans Krása and Erwin Schulhoff. MOR’s Artistic Director Mina Miller introduces each work with commentary about its musical and historical context. Four of these composers were imprisoned in concentration camps and ghettos: Gideon Klein and Hans Krása (Terezín); David Beigelman (Lodz Ghetto); Erwin Schulhoff (Wülzburg).

The Nazi propaganda machine attempted to portray Terezín as a model ghetto that demonstrated the Third Reich’s humane treatment of the Jews. In reality, inmates passed through Terezín on their way to death camps – or succumbed there to starvation or disease. Remarkably, the musicians and composers there never ceased creating. You’ll hear Hans Krása’s vibrant Dance for string trio, created just months before his fateful transport to Auschwitz on October 16, 1944. We’ll also perform Gideon Klein’s striking Duo for violin and cello which was begun just before his deportation to Terezín and was left incomplete.

The innovative Erwin Schulhoff was sent not to Terezín, but to a forced labor camp in Bavaria where he perished in 1942. Schulhoff, banned as “degenerate” by the Nazi regime, united dance, jazz, and folk song melodies in his string quartet. The Five Pieces for String Quartet exemplify these varied stylistic influences and the audacity that made him an important musical figure between the two world wars. The concert opens with Ernest Bloch’s meditative and deeply soulful Prayer, and also includes David Beigelman’s stirring Dybbuk Dances, composed in the Lodz Ghetto in 1941.

The performers, members of MOR’s stellar instrumental ensemble, are among Seattle’s leading musicians, drawn largely from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. MOR presents this program as part of its Sparks of Glory series of concerts with commentary. The series is made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thanks to our donors and the NEA, this musical witness outreach series has been presented free to the public since the 2005-06 season, allowing MOR to meet new audiences beyond the concert hall. MOR has also offered an associated in-school educational program that brings chamber musicians in live performance and multimedia presentations to participating high schools, colleges and other community settings.

Concert Information

Mirror of Memory
2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 1, 2014
Tacoma Art Museum
Free Admission | www.musicofremembrance.org

Ernest Bloch: Prayer (1924); Transcribed for strings by Alfredo Antonini
Benjamin Shmidt, cello soloist
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Leonid Keylin, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Mara Finkelstein, cello

David Beigelman: Dybbuk Dances (Lodz ghetto, 1941)
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Leonid Keylin, violin

Hans Krása: Dance (Terezín, 1944)
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Mara Finkelstein, cello

Gideon Klein: Duo (1942)
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Benjamin Shmidt, cello

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 cultural role in Seattle and throughout the world 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.  MOR has reached audiences across the community with its Sparks of Glory outreach series, and around the world through its six CDs (five on Naxos, the world’s leading classical music label) and its two documentary films produced by award-winning filmmaker John Sharify.   More information is available at www.musicofremembrance.org.

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