Monthly Archives: October 2013

Holocaust survivor to make symphony debut with Yo-Yo Ma

[from Boston.com website]

The already remarkable life of Holocaust survivor George Horner is about to take another exceptional turn.

The 90-year-old pianist will make his orchestral debut with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Tuesday night at Boston’s Symphony Hall. And they’ll be playing music composed 70 years ago at the Nazi prison camp where Horner was incarcerated.

‘‘It’s an extraordinary link to the past,’’ said concert organizer Mark Ludwig.

The performance will benefit the Terezin Music Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving the work of artists and musicians killed in the Holocaust.

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Alice Herz-Sommer, Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor And Pianist, Shares Music And Wisdom In New Film

[from the Huffington Post]

Alice Herz-Sommer is known for her grace and wisdom. The 109-year-old, who is the oldest living pianist and Holocaust survivor, is undoubtedly one of the most inspirational people in the world.

Now, a documentary called “The Lady In Number 6” is telling her incredible story from beginning to end — but just the 11-minute preview in itself is amazing enough.

“Every day in life is beautiful,” Herz-Sommer says in the video above. “Every day. It’s beautiful.”

The 38-minute-long documentary is directed by Malcolm Clarke and produced by Nicholas Reed and has already been shortlisted for the Academy Awards’ documentary short subject category, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Classical Review: Israel Sinfonietta – first non-Jewish German music director of the Sinfonietta, or of any Israeli orchestra since the Holocaust.

[From the Jerusalem Post]

Justus Franz is the first non-Jewish German music director of the Sinfonietta, or of any Israeli orchestra since the Holocaust.

Justus Franz – pianist, conductor, Schleswig-Holstein Festival founder, organizer, educator and new music director of Israel Sinfonietta – opened the Negev orchestra’s 2013-2014 season with a program of two 19th century German masterpieces.

He led both with authority, presence and engaging musicianship: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony (commemorating the orchestra’s fifth decade); and Mendelssohn’s infrequently heard Symphony No.2, “Hymn of Praise” (1840), based on biblical verses (mostly from Psalms).

Notably, Justus Franz is the first non-Jewish German music director of the Sinfonietta, or in fact, of any Israeli orchestra since the Holocaust.

Mendelssohn’s magnificent hour-long Opus 52 (in the shadow of Beethoven’s “Choral” Ninth Symphony) was composed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first book ever printed on movable type – Gutenberg’s Bible. It strives to echo biblical ethos, giving testimony to its manifold aspects of faith.

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