Phoenix Symphony series explores music of Jewish composers

Posted on: November 8, 2010

In October, the Phoenix Symphony performed Hans Krása’s Brundibar on the first concert of its season-long “Rediscovered Masters” series of programs honoring music of Jewish composers that was silenced or suppressed. The programs are being presented in association with the Orel Foundation, Arizona State University Center for Jewish Studies, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Among the works to be performed in concerts through May 19, 2011 are Erwin Schulhoff’s Symphony No. 2, the world premiere of Marcel Tyberg’s completion of Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished”), Kurt Weill’s Suite from Threepenny Opera, Pavel Haas’s Suite for Strings, Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, and several works by Felix Mendelssohn, including the oratorio Elijah, with imagery in collaboration with the Phoenix Art Museum. “Rediscovered Masters” lectures will include a discussion of the relationship between Wagner and Mendelssohn, and films to be shown in conjunction with the series will include The Pianist, Against the Tide, and The Red Violin.

Posted November 8, 2010