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Violins of Hope: Music of the Holocaust for Strings and Winds

Wednesday, April 18, 2018,

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  • Location: Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall • 2400 Blakemore Avenue • Nashville, TN 37212

Wednesday, April 18

8 p.m.

Steve & Judy Turner Recital Hall

Led by violist Dan Reinker, Blair School of Music faculty and Nashville Symphony musicians come together for a concert of chamber music by composers who were affected profoundly by the Holocaust. Erwin Schulhoff died in the Wulzberg concentration camp. His Concertino employs the unique and colorful combination of flute, viola and string bass. Dmitri Shostakovich used Jewish themes in his music to commemorate the Holocaust and to demonstrate resistance to the Soviet regime. His Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano are delightful arrangements of movements from earlier works. In The Entire World: Three Jewish Songs from Eastern Europe, Blair composer Michael Alec Rose adapts songs belonging to the Jewish culture that was exterminated during the Shoah (Holocaust). The music and lyrics of these songs are meditations on the difficulties of life and the challenges of goodness. These meanings are heightened in the context of the Shoah.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking for this event is available for free in West Garage (2500 Children's Way) through the Children's Way entrance

PROGRAM: Erwin Schulhoff: Concertino Ann Richards, flute and piccolo Daniel Reinker, viola Glen Wanner, string bass

Dmitri Shostakovich: Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano Jessica Blackwell, violin Christina McGann, violin Megan Gale, piano

Michael Alec Rose: The Entire World: Three Jewish Songs from Eastern Europe Mary Kathryn VanOsdale, violin Cassie Lee, clarinet Brad Mansell, violoncello