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Harmony From Discord

November 18 @ 3:00 pm


Join us for the next installment of our Harmony from Discord series as we shine a light on powerful music that originated from and flourished in spite of the Holocaust.

Clive Greensmith of the Tokyo String Quartet will present the U.S. premiere of composer and cellist Pál Hermann’s Cello Concerto (realized by Fabio Conti). Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1902, Hermann was a Jewish cellist and composer who was captured in France in 1944 and sent to Auschwitz.

The repertoire also includes Mahler’s iconic Totenfeier (Funeral Rites), originally composed as a symphonic poem in 1888. Mahler’s compositions were banned in much of Europe during the Nazi era.

We finish with Viktor Ullmann’s Variations and Fugue on a Hebrew Theme. The climax of Ullmann’s Seventh Piano Sonata, Variations and Fugue, was composed from inside the Theresienstadt (Terezín) Concentration Camp after he was deported from Prague in 1942. Ullmann wrote of his time in Terezín: “Our endeavor with respect to arts was commensurate with our will to live.”

This concert is sure to be a testament to the incredible fortitude of the human spirit.



Cello Concerto (realized by Fabio Conti) | Pál Hermann
Totenfeier | Gustav Mahler
Variations and Fugue on a Hebrew Theme | Viktor Ullmann


A pre-concert lecture about the repertoire by Dr. Ryan Dudenbostel starts at 2:15.  Admission is free, but these are very popular and seating is limited.



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November 18
3:00 pm