Songs Not Silenced:
Music Forbidden in the Holocaust

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 8 p.m.

Morgan Concert Hall
Bailey Performance Center

Free and open to the public

Exhibition opens at 7 p.m.

Songs Not Silenced: Music Forbidden in the Holocaust

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 performance, publication, and recording opportunities, bringing an end to their European careers. 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.

A special feature of the program will be the US premieres of two sets of songs by conductor-composer Ignatz Waghalter. These will be followed by art, folk, and music theater songs by Kurt Weill, Darius Milhaud, Viktor Ullmann, and Ilse Weber. Performers are KSU faculty vocalists Jana Young and Oral Moses, with pianist Judy Cole accompanying. Commentary will be provided by Dr. Laurence Sherr, internationally recognized for his work with music in the Holocaust, and David Green, grandson of Ignatz Waghalter.

Free Event – Please R.S.V.P.

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    Songs Not Silenced: Music Forbidden in the Holocaust
    Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 8 pm
    Morgan Concert Hall, Bailey Performance Center

    Commentary by Dr. Laurence Sherr, Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence
    Guest commentary by David Green, grandson of Ignatz Waghalter

    Ignatz Waghalter (1881–1949)
    Vier Lieder, Op. 7 (1903-10?) - US PREMIERE

    I. Zauber
    II. Lieb Liebchen
    III. Nächtiges Wandern
    IV. Lied des Harfenmädchens

    Drei Lieder, Op. 11 (1911) - US PREMIERE

    I. Im Schlitten
    II. Verstoben und verschäumt
    III. Der Schmetterling

    Jana Young, soprano
    Judy Cole, piano

     

    Ilse Weber (1903–1944)
    Songs written in Theresienstadt (1942–44)

    Ich wandere durch Theresienstadt
    Denn alles wird gut (Emmigrantenlied)
    Und der Regen rinnt

    Viktor Ullmann (1898–1944)
    Liederbuch des Hafis (1940)

    I. Vorausbestimmung
    II. Betrunken

    Oral Moses, bass-baritone
    Judy Cole, piano

     

    Darius Milhaud (1898–1944)
    Poèmes juifs, Op. 34

    II. Chant de Sion
    III. Chant du Laboureur
    IV. Chant de la Pitié
    V. Chant de Résignation
    VI. Chant d’Amour
    VII. Chant de Forgeron

    Jana Young, soprano
    Judy Cole, piano

     

    Kurt Weill (1900–1950)
    Weill Songs

    Ballade von Cäsars Tod from Der Silbersee: Ein Wintermärchen (1932–33)
    Schickelgrüber (1942)
    Wie Lange Noch (1944)
    September Song from Knickerbocker Holiday (1938)
    Die Moritat von Mackie Messer from Die Dreigroschenoper (1928)

    Jana Young, soprano
    Oral Moses, bass-baritone
    Judy Cole, piano

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    Kathie Beckett, Director of Marketing and Communications, 470-578-3417, kbeckett@kennesaw.edu. Images courtesy of David W. Green.

  • Excerpt from a performance of Waghalter's opera Ahaseverus und Ester, at the dramatic moment when Ester tells Ahaseverus that she is a Jew. With soprano Beatrice Waghalter as Ester and composer Ignatz Waghalter directing from the piano. Recorded by WQXR, New York, 1941.

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Dr. Sherr’s Holocaust music work is supported by a grant from SNCF America, Inc.

Dr. Sherr’s Holocaust music work is supported by a grant from SNCF America, Inc.

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