Music of Remembrance to premiere new dances by Whim W’Him’s Olivier Wevers this November.
Captivating program features works by Martinů, Weinberg, Schreker, Engel and Kattenburg, and songs from the Vilna ghetto.
Seattle, WA (August 11, 2015) —Music of Remembrance (MOR) launches its 18th season with La Revue de Cuisine at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 8 at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. The concert features MOR’s first collaboration with the talented and innovative choreographer Olivier Wevers and the provocative Whim W’Him Contemporary Dance Company. Wevers’ dance score accompanies Bohuslav Martinů’s jazzy 1927 ballet La Revue de Cuisine. With dazzling wit, the dances depict the amorous entanglements of four kitchen utensils brought to life. The music captures the exuberance that made 1920s Paris so alluring to artists and intellectuals from everywhere. The program also features Franz Schreker’s early chamber work The Wind, inspired by a poem by ballerina Grete Wiesenthal for her own now-lost dance score. Like Martinů, Franz Schreker also suffered under the Reich. Schreker was forced to resign as director of the Berlin Hochschule für Musik, in part for resisting demands to carry out discriminatory policies against Jewish faculty members.
The program also includes a selection of songs from the Vilna ghetto performed by mezzo soprano Julia Benzinger. These songs in Yiddish bring us on an inspiring journey that spans heartbreak, hope, defiance and even humor. Against impossible odds, Vilna’s Jews held out in a proud struggle to defend a unique heritage, and within the ghetto’s walls poetry and music took on special importance. These songs embody the courageous resilience of those who bared their souls through music. We’ll also introduce our audience to the powerful and poetic music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg. With the German invasion of his native Poland, the young Weinberg fled eastward with the hope of finding safety in the Soviet Union only to face mistreatment there as well. Weinberg’s lively Capriccio and meditative Aria exemplify why his works have recently enjoyed a well-deserved revival.
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Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall, Seattle
3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 8, 2015
Capriccio, Op. 11 (1943)
Aria, Op. 9 (1942)
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Leonid Keylin, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Mara Finkelstein, cello
Freilachs, Op. 20, no. 2 (1923)
Takumi Taguchi, violin; Mina Miller, piano
Songs of the Vilna Ghetto
Julia Benzinger, mezzo soprano
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Leonid Keylin, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Mara Finkelstein, cello; Jonathan Green, double bass
The Wind (1909)
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Jeffrey Fair, French horn; Walter Gray, cello; Kimberly Russ, piano
Deux Valses a la Ravel
Mina Miller and Kimberly Russ, piano
La Revue de Cuisine: Ballet du Jazz H. 161, (1927)
Choreography by Olivier Wevers
Commissioned by Music of Remembrance
Tory Peil, Kyle Johnson, Thomas Phelan, Lara Seefeldt
Dancers, Whim W’Him
Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Seth Krimsky, bassoon; David Gordon, trumpet; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Walter Gray, cello; Kimberly Russ, piano
About Music of Remembrance
Founded in 1998, Music of Remembrance (MOR) fills a unique cultural role in Seattle and throughout the world by remembering the Holocaust through music with concert performances, educational programs, recordings and commissions of new works.
- Mainstage concerts and innovative programs at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall featuring leading musicians and world-acclaimed guest artists
- “Sparks of Glory,” a series of free concerts-with-commentary at the Seattle Art Museum and other community settings
- Educational outreach, live performances and multi-media presentations to schools and colleges
- Six CD recordings produced for Naxos, the world’s leading classical music label
- The Boys of Terezin, MOR’s 2011 documentary film, continues to be screened by film festivals around the globe
MOR also commissions and premieres new Holocaust-inspired works by today’s leading composers, building bridges across generations and sharing stories that underline the Holocaust’s urgent moral relevance for us now.