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About That Other Music: Die Andere Musik - Off Broadway

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“The Lyric is proud to announce a new series which will focus on discovering - -and rediscovering - - a vast amount of music of exceptional quality and artistic significance, created during the period between the two World Wars, which has been neglected and should be heard,” Artistic Director, Dr. Joan Thomson Kretschmer explains.

Some of the music will be performed for the first time, since the works were suppressed by totalitarian regimes, while other compositions may be familiar to listeners. Concerts will feature ‘silenced voices,’ composers who met a variety of fates during World War II.

“Besides its particular historical role in the Nazi holocaust, the story of these silenced voices also serves as a general case in point about political repression and its consequences for our global cultural heritage,” Kretschmer continues. “We believe that the music world has been deprived of important creative input in the latter half of the 20th century by suppressing and dismissing the works of these composers. As part of our mission to bring under-exposed artistic excellence to the attention of a wider audience, we feel that performing this music in an ongoing series is an important contribution to restoring its proper place in the classical canon and to reinvigorate the repertoire for listeners and composers of today.”

The series will include works by:
Victims of concentration camps, such as Erwin Schulhoff and Viktor Ullmann Those suppressed by Stalinism, like Dimitri Shostakovich and Mieczyslaw Weinberg

Prominent Austro-German composers who fled from the Nazi dictatorship in the 1930s for the United States, including Arnold Schoenberg, Paul Hindemith, and Kurt Weill.

The inaugural concert features Avery Fisher Career Grant Winner Igor Begelman, clarinet; Len Horovitz and Rieko Aizawa, piano; Grammy-nominee Jesse Mills, violin; and from the Shanghai Quartet Honggang Li, viola and Nicholas Tzavaras, cello.

The program for the inaugural concert mixes well-known works with recently recovered compositions to demonstrate the significance of the loss the cultural world endured with the suppression of these artists and their work:

Deux Mélodies Hébraiques

Tanec (Dance)
Fugue for String Trio

Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 28

Suite from Three Penny Opera

Trio in D Minor for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Op. 3

Inaugural Concert of a New Series - That Other Music: Die Andere Musik February 9, 2011 7:30PM

Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, (Between 5th Avenue & Madison Avenue)


Kosciuszko Foundation

15 Easts 65th Street NY (Between 5th Avenue & Madison Avenue)