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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

Ignatz Waghalter and his daughter Beatrice. She sang the role of Ester in Waghalter's 1937 anti-fascist opera Ahaseverus und Ester (recording below).

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.

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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