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Terezin and the Art of Defiance

Symposium Events: April 13, 2004



Verdi’s Masterpiece and the Musical Legacy of

the Concentration Camp at Terezin


From April 12 to 16, Catholic University presents “Terezin and the Art of Defiance,” a weeklong symposium honoring the creative lives and bravery of composers and musicians interned in the Terezin concentration camp near Prague, Czechoslovakia, during World War II. The symposium precedes CUA’s 2004 President’s Concert — “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” — to be held April 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. The second performance falls on U.S. Holocaust Remembrance Day. The symposium is free and open to the public; reservations are required for events held at embassies. For more information about the symposium or concert, visit www.cua.edu or call 202-319-5416.


Tuesday, April 13

10:30 a.m.

Lecture: “Der Kaiser von Atlantis”

Mark Ludwig, violist with the Hawthorne String Quartet, will discuss “Der Kaiser von Atlantis,” an opera written by composer Viktor Ullman while he was imprisoned at Terezin. Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C.


3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Discussion: “The Requiem: Verdi in His Own Time and in the 20th Century”

A panel of experts will discuss Verdi and his masterpiece as follows: Grayson Wagstaff, CUA associate professor, “The Requiem, Mozart and Verdi”; Denise Gallo, Library of Congress musicologist and CUA adjunct professor, “Verdi’s Requiem and the Cultural Politics of Post-Unification Italy”; and Karen Ahlquist, professor of music at George Washington University, “Verdi’s Requiem in Church, Theater and Concert Hall: Interpretation in the Early Years.” John Paul Hall, Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Catholic University.


7:30 p.m.

Lecture/Recital: “Terezin, Music, Intellectual Life and the Institute Today”

The Terezin Memorial Institute’s director, Jan Munk, and its historian, Vojtech Blodig, will discuss “The History of Terezin and the Role of Cultural Life in the Terezin Ghetto.” Andrew Shenton, CUA assistant professor, will talk about “The Musical Legacy of Terezin.” Ivo Kaltchev, CUA associate professor and pianist, will perform music by Terezin prisoner Ullman. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court, N.W., Washington, D.C. To R.s.v.p., call 202-895-6776. 


MEDIA: The media is invited to attend the symposium. For more information, contact

                Chris Harrison or Katie Lee in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.




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