SEATTLE, WA—August 28, 2013—Seattle-based Music of Remembrance (MOR) brings back its popular Sparks of Glory series of free community concerts on Saturday, October 5 at the Seattle Art Museum. The afternoon’s program, “Voice of the Heart,” begins at 2:00 p.m. at the museum’s Pletscheeff Auditorium.
The varied program includes works by László Weiner, Marc Lavry, Erwin Schulhoff and Osvaldo Golijov. MOR’s Artistic Director Mina Miller introduces the concert with commentary that links the music with the museum’s current exhibit “In a Silent Way,” a deeply-moving reflection on African-American identities and histories. Miller examines how music, as well, can express struggles between continuity and assimilation during times of conflict and persecution.
The Hungarian composer László Weiner died at 28 in a Nazi labor camp, but his beautiful String Trio is a haunting reminder of a potential the world will never know. The innovative Erwin Schulhoff was silenced in a Nazi prison camp, but his Concertino exemplifies the audacity that made him an important musical figure between the two world wars.
The Latvian-born Marc Lavry was a highly-regarded composer and conductor in pre-Nazi Germany before fleeing to Palestine in the early days of the Third Reich. He became a towering influence in Israel’s musical life, and helped establish a distinctive Israeli Mediterranean school of composition that drew on indigenous sounds and folk materials of the new country--typified by his Three Jewish Dances.
Contemporary Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov’s poignant Lullaby and Doina tells the love story of a young Jewish woman and a Gypsy man in war-torn Europe. It begins with a Yiddish lullaby that Golijov composed for Sally Potter’s film The Man Who Cried, about a Russian-Jewish refugee who falls in love with a gypsy at the onset of WWII.
The performers, members of MOR’s stellar instrumental ensemble, are among Seattle’s leading musicians, drawn largely from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
MOR’s Sparks of Glory 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.
Laszlo Weiner: String Trio – Serenade (1938)
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Mara Finkelstein, cello
Marc Lavry: Three Jewish Dances (1945)
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Mina Miller, piano
Erwin Schulhoff: Concertino (1925)
Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Jonathan Green, double bass
Osvaldo Golijov: Lullaby & Doina (2001)
Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Mara Finkelstein, cello; Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute; Jonathan Green, double bass
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.