Michael Christie, New West Symphony, and Jerusalem String Quartet Present Holocaust Remembrance
“[New West Symphony is] embracing the mission of refreshing the modern concert experience for a new generation” – Los Angeles Times New West Symphony (NWS), with Grammy-winning conductor Michael Christie as Artistic and Music Director, continues its 2020-21 groundbreaking and reimagined season of “Global Sounds, Local Cultures” with Holocaust Remembrance. Coinciding with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the festival begins Wednesday January 27, 2021 and runs through January 31, 2021. In addition to each initial live-streamed event, all programs will be available on-demand to passport holders shortly after the initial broadcast ends. Single Tickets and All-Access Passports Available Here: www.newwestsymphony.org/2020-21-virtual-season/holocaust-remembrance The mini-festival will take place in four unique presentations featuring touching historical context and music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and today, culminating with musicians from the New West Symphony and the internationally acclaimed Jerusalem Quartet performing an array of music illuminating vast stylistic and cultural treasures. Michael Christie curated all of the programs and will be available for a live chat during each segment. “The music of the early-mid 20th century was profoundly influenced by some of classical music’s greatest masters and was boldly looking toward international and folk influences even during the century’s darkest points,” said Christie. “Our Holocaust Remembrance concert features an array of enchanting music presented in an historical context of the early 20th century while paying tribute to the atrocities of the times.” Program Information Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7pm PST – “Never Forget” This program features interviews with Celina Biniaz, the youngest of Schindler’s List survivors and the Violins of Hope Los Angeles Chair Susanne Reyto, along with a showing of a “Violins of Hope” documentary. Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 6pm PST – Pre-Concert Talk Informative one-hour performance review with UCLA Senior Lecturer David Ravetch via Zoom. Participation is encouraged. Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 7pm PST – Meet the Artists 30-minute program featuring exclusive interviews with members of Jerusalem Quartet and pianist Daniel Vnukowski. Sunday January 31, 2021 at 3pm PST – Holocaust Remembrance Performance Michael Christie, Artistic and Music Director Erwin Schulhoff | Five pieces for String Quartet Jerusalem String Quartet Johannes Brahms | String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67 Jerusalem String Quartet John Williams | Three Pieces from Schindler’s List Alyssa Park, violin, New West Symphony Concertmaster Daniel Vnukowski, piano Wladyslaw Szpilman | Mazurka in F minor (1942) Daniel Vnukowski, piano Mieczslaw Weinberg | Sonata No. 1 for Viola, Adagio Op. 107 Philip Triggs, New West Symphony Principal Viola Béla Kovács | Sholem-alekhim, rov Feldman! for Klezmer Clarinet and Piano Joshua Ranz, New West Symphony Principal Clarinet Daniel Vnukowski, piano Holocaust Remembrance is the third in a series of festivals being held October 2020 through June 2021 designed to spotlight the vivid cultural influences that have shaped classical music and Southern California itself. The season premiered with A Tour of Japan and followed with A Tour of India, both of which are now available on demand at www.newwestsymphony.org.