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March 17, 2004

 

Terezin and the Art of Defiance

CUA Holds Symposium April 12-16

To Honor Artists and Scholars

      Whose Music Defied Nazi Captors

 

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. Honorary chairpersons of the week’s events include CUA’s president, Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., in addition to President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic, Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon and Austrian Ambassador Eva Nowotny. Coordinated by CUA musicologists Grayson Wagstaff, associate professor, and Andrew Shenton, assistant professor, 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. For more information about the symposium or concert, visit www.cua.edu. Reservations are required for all embassy events; call 202-319-5416 for details and more information.

 

            Monday, April 12

            7:30 p.m. Concert with Commentary: “Music of Terezin Composers” 

The Hawthorne String Quartet performs the music of composers imprisoned at Terezin.

Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court, N.W., Washington, D.C. To R.s.v.p., call 202-895-6776.

 

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”

Grayson Wagstaff, CUA associate professor; Denise Gallo, Library of Congress musicologist and CUA adjunct professor; and Karen Ahlquist, professor of music at George Washington University, will discuss Verdi and his masterpiece.  

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”

Jan Munk, Terezin Memorial Institute director; Vojtech Blodig, institute historian; Andrew Shenton, CUA assistant professor; and Ivo Kaltchev, CUA associate professor and pianist, will present the music and history of Terezin.

Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court, N.W., Washington, D.C. To R.s.v.p., call 202-895-6776.

           

                        Wednesday, April 14

            7 p.m.

            “Verdi’s Requiem in Terezin: Then and Now”

Conductor Murry Sidlin will discuss “Defiant Requiem” with Edgar Krasa, Marianka May and Eva Rocek, surviving members of the Terezin choir; Jan Munk, Terezin Memorial Institute director; Vera Schiff, Terezin survivor and historian; and Martin Goldsmith, program director of classical music at XM Satellite Radio. 

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, S.W., Washington, D.C. To R.s.v.p., call 202-488-0407.

 

            Thursday, April 15

            10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Lecture/Demonstration: “The Yellow Star Cabaret: Emphasizing the German-Speaking Cabaret in Terezin”

Israeli playwright and Terezin Cabaret historian Kobi Luria will discuss the history of the ghetto cabaret, which emerged as a form of spiritual resistance to the Nazi regime.

            Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University.

 

3 p.m.-5 p.m.   

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

See notice about 7:30 p.m. April 13 lecture for details.

John Paul Hall, Catholic University.

 

7:30 p.m.

Lecture/Demonstration: “The Yellow Star Cabaret: Emphasizing the German-Speaking Cabaret in Terezin”

            See notice about 10:30 a.m. April 15 lecture for details.

            Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University.

 

Friday, April 16

            3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Lecture/Demonstration: “The Yellow Star Cabaret: Emphasizing the German-Speaking Cabaret in Terezin”

            See notice about 10:30 a.m. April 15 lecture for details.

            John Paul Hall, Catholic University.

 

            7:30 p.m.

            Film: “The Partisans of Vilna”

            The film’s producer, Aviva Kempner, introduces her work.

D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C.

 

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