Music of the Holocaust

Saturday, November 9, 2013
at 8pm
The evening, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, will be led by Maestro Arthur Fagen, whose parents were saved by Oskar Schindler, and will feature chamber music interwoven with a selection of visual images and readings prepared by the Weinberg Center for Holocaust Education at the Breman Museum. Chamber pieces to be performed include Gideon Klein’s String Trio and Hans Krasa’s Passacaglia and Fugue for String Trio; both composed in 1944 inside the Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt. The vocalist for the evening will be American mezzo-soprano Helene Schneiderman, also the child of Holocaust Survivors, who will perform songs, lullabies and poems set to music from the ghettos of Germany and Poland.

Composers of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Sunday, January 19, 2014
at 3pm
The second concert, again led by Maestro Arthur Fagen, will provide a 100-year journey through music with German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), late-Romantic Austrian composer Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), concluding with the American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990); who was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive worldwide acclaim. The concert will include a singer and pianist from within the area, and a string quartet made up of Atlanta Opera Orchestra musicians.

Best of Broadway

Sunday, March 9, 2014
at 3pm

The final concert in this season’s Molly Blank Jewish Concert Series, The Best of Broadway will feature Grammy Award winning vocalist Sylvia McNair and pianist Kevin Cole. In a cabaret format they will explore the history of Broadway through the significant contributions of Jewish composers whose popular musicals initiated the “golden age” of musical theater. Ms. McNair will perform music from Gershwin to Sondheim and Hamlisch. ”

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