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Songs Not Silenced: Music Forbidden in the Holocaust
Thu, March 23, 2017, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
“Songs Not Silenced: Music Forbidden in the Holocaust” is a concert featuring the work of composers who were banned in Nazi Germany and occupied European countries. The ban affected Jewish composers as well as non-Jewish composers writing in modern or jazz-influenced styles. They were all denied opportunities to perform, publish, or record their work, bringing their European careers to an end.
“Performing the songs of these composers gives voice to music that was forbidden, and reminds us all of the importance of tolerance, respect, and understanding in our contemporary world,” said Laurence Sherr, internationally known for his work with music in the Holocaust and composer-in-residence at the School of Music at Kennesaw State University.
The program will feature art, folk, and musical theater songs by Kurt Weill, Darius Milhaud, Viktor Ullmann, and Ilse Weber. A special feature will be the U.S. premieres of two sets of songs by conductor-composer Ignatz Waghalter. His grandson, David Green, will provide commentary along with Sherr.
Performers are KSU faculty vocalists Jana Young, soprano, and Oral Moses, bass-baritone, accompanied by pianist Judy Cole.
The exhibits open at 7 p.m., the concert begins at 8 p.m. The event is free with registration.
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