Unitarian Society Atrium Auditorium, 900 University Bay Drive
European Jewish Composers in America – Pre-concert lecture by Dr. David Fligg discusses the impact that exile and emigration had on this evening’s composers.
Preceded by a short talk by Dr. David Fligg, BDDS performs chamber music by three European Jewish composers who emigrated to the US, made much of their careers here, and left a profound influence on the course of American music. Arnold Schoenberg’s 1st Chamber Symphony, presented in Webern’s notable arrangement for chamber ensemble, incited riots and protests at its early performances, but is now recognized as a classic of the repertoire. Erich Wolfgang Korngold was writing his Oscar-winning score to Robin Hood when the Anschluss overwhelmed his homeland. He instantly became a refugee and made the remainder of his career in the US, setting the standard for Hollywood film scores. BDDS plays his 3rd String Quartet of 1945, a work that celebrates the Allied victory over Hitler. Swiss-born Ernest Bloch came to the US in 1916 and became director of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory, teaching some of America’s most important musicians. BDDS plays his 1st Piano Quintet of 1923, a thrilling work that was praised by an early critic as depicting “a joyous orgy of savages beneath the tropical sun.” A talk back will follow this event.
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society performs chamber music by three European Jewish composers who emigrated to the US, made much of their careers here, and left a profound influence on the course of American music.
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