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Gideon Klein: Portrait of a composer

Holy Trinity Church, Leeds

Cassia String Quartet
Amy Welch, Tory Clarke, Laurie Dempsey, Joshua Lynch.


Cassia-16 full resAn intimate, moving, and occasionally humorous portrait of the Czech-born composer and pianist, tragically murdered at the age of 25 in Auschwitz.

Using actors, live music and visuals, this presentation, devised by David Fligg, offers an intimate and moving portrait of the musician Gideon Klein, whose promising career as a pianist and composer in Prague tragically ended in a Nazi concentration camp. Music by Gideon himself, as well as by composers who influenced him, will help to recreate the vibrant musical and artistic scene in pre-war Prague, supported by his actual words, and those of his family and friends.


Gideon Klein: String Trio
Gideon Klein: Duo for violin and cello
Mozart: String Quartet in G major K387 (movements 1 & 4)
Hindemith: String Trio no. 1 (1st movement)

Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm
Actress and playwright Vanessa Rosenthal hosts an audience with Terezín survivor Zdenka Fantlova, who knew Gideon Klein, and whose book ‘The Tin Ring’ chronicles her experiences in Terezín.

The concert will be followed by an introduction to the Children’s Drawings from the Terezín Ghetto Art Exhibition.

Tickets: £10 (adults), £8 (over 60s) £5 (under 18s, students and unwaged)

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