The painting below is "Accidental Music," by 2012 TMF Terezin Legacy Award recipient Samuel Bak. Mr. Bak is a renowned painter and a survivor who held his first exhibition inside the Vilna Ghetto at age nine. The hands of the musicians in this image were modeled by the Hawthorne String Quartet, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra who have helped TMF champion the music of Terezín and the TMF mission since our inception in 1991. Image courtesy of the Pucker Gallery, Boston.
RECENT TMF CONCERTS, PROGRAMS, & EVENTS
Our 2013 Gala Featuring Yo-Yo Ma
This extraordinary October 22 event at Symphony Hall in Boston featured a historic performance by Terezin survivor George Horner, the American debuts of two TMF Commissions, Yo-Yo MA performing Bach—and it was covered in the international media. Please click here for many more wonderful details than will fit in this brief listing.
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA COMMUNITY CHAMBER CONCERT Celebrating the Centennial of Benjamin Britten
and Music of the Kennedy Era
Featuring BSO clarinetist Thomas Martin with the Hawthorne String Quartet, and a performance of the “Slow” movement from the Andre Previn Clarinet Quintet, a TMF Commission sponsored by Carol and Joe Reich. JFK Presidential Library & Museum and Northeastern University’s Fenway Center, Boston.
“Remembered Voices” Premiere Screening
Premiere of the documentary about the Holocaust education program produced last year by TMF, the Institute for Holocaust Education, and the Omaha symphony Orchestra with Thomas Wilkins. Explores how young students learn about the Holocaust and about the significance of art and music in Terezín. Shown at U. Nebraska-Lincoln and on TV at CT on NET1.
HOLOCAUST SYMPOSIUM AT BOSTON COLLEGE
in Remembrance of Kristallnacht 1938: 75th Anniversary
Talk by Mark Ludwig, TMF Executive Director: “Music in Terezín.”
Talks by National Center for Jewish Film Director Sharon Rivo, Wabash College Dean Gary Phillips (about the art of Samuel Bak), and Slavics scholar Maxim Shrayer.
“Music from Terezín: Art, Remembrance and Hope”
CONCERT WITH THE HAWTHORNE STRING QUARTET
At the Nahant Village Church in Massachusetts.
“Leaving Home: Music of World War II”
CONCERT WITH THE CAMBRIDGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Presented in collaboration with the Terezín Music Foundation.
Works by Antonin Dvorak, Bela Bartok, Viktor Ullmann, Pavel Haas, and David L. Post, whose “Fantasia on a Virtual Chorale for String Orchestra” is a TMF Commission. At The Center for the Arts at the Armory, Somerville, MA.
Spring Semester at Boston College
TMF Executive Director Mark Ludwig teaches the course "Art and Music During the Holocaust and Third Reich," with guest speakers Anna and Paul Ornstein, survivors and TMF Board Members.
Our Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration and Concert.
"Musical Healing After the Holocaust"
Presented by TMF and the Choral Department of Reading Memorial High School. We showed the documentary film "Creating Harmony: The Displaced Person's Orchestra at St. Ottilien," by John Michalczyk; five local choral groups will provide accompaniment. A panel discussion followed, with TMF Executive Director Mark Ludwig and two survivors and Holocaust educators: Edgar Krasa (founder of TMF's Krasa-Schaechter Fund) and Dr. Anna Ornstein. The program closed with a performance by Mark Ludwig of music composed in Terezín.
May 23-29, 2013 in Prague
The TMF Prague Spring Tour and Prague Spring FestivalConcert. Each year TMF collaborates with the Prague Spring Festival to produce a concert featuring a new TMF Commission premiered by leading artists. On May 26, Garrick Ohlsson premiered Lubica Cekovska's work for solo piano. May 27 Mr. Ohlsson led a master class sponsored by TMF and the U.S. Embassy, Prague.
January, 2013: TMF Commission Performance on BSO Program
Andre Previn's Clarinet Quintet, a 2011 TMF Commission sponsored by Joe & Carol Reich, was performed at the JFK Museum & Library on January 20, as part of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Community Chamber Concert program. Clarinetist Thomas Martin performed with the Hawthorne String Quartet. [Listen] Maestro Previn fled the Nazis with his family as a child, and his Quintet, sponsored by Joe and Carol Reich, is imbued with hope and memory. In honor of Martin Luther King Day, The Hawthorne's encore was Karel Svenk's cabaret piece "Why Does the Black Man Sit in the Back of the Bus?" written in Terezín.
EVENTS IN 2012
Intensive Holocaust education eight-day residency in Omaha, October, 2012. Produced by TMF and the Institute for Holocaust Education (IHE). More than 500 students from Omaha’s diverse communities explored the role of the arts and music during the Holocaust, using the TMF Study Guide and CD, “Finding a Voice,” with materials developed by IHE.
TMF 2012 Gala, November 12, 2012 at Symphony Hall, Boston. Simone Dinnerstein performed the world premiere of a TMF Commission by Nico Muhly and works by Bach, and Dawn Upshaw, accompanied by pianist Gilbert Kalish, performed songs by Charles Ives. [Boston Globe coverage]
"Dinnerstein and Upshaw captivate with glowing performances. . . . The Muhly premiere [is] a brilliant piece for solo piano."
--David Wright, Boston Classical Review
Babi Yar Candle-Lighting Memorial performance. As part of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum tour in the Ukraine, TMF director Mark Ludwig performed music from Terezín to memorialize the 70th anniversary of the massacre that took place in Babi Yar.
The Tanglewood premiere of the André Previn Clarinet Quintet, a TMF Commission, was performed August 10, 2012 in Ozawa Hall by Thomas Martin, clarinet, and the Hawthorne String Quartet, with the composer in attendance. [Listen]
Boston Symphony Orchestra performance of music by Erwin Schulhoff. The Hawthorne String Quartet appeared as soloists with the BSO, performing Schulhoff’s Concerto for String Quartet and Winds. This major work (by a composer persecuted by the Nazis, lost in the Holocaust, and championed by TMF) was on the BSO’s October 9, 2012 concert program. Maestro Marcelo Lehninger conducted. [Listen]
Program for middle- and high-school students at the Waldorf School, Lexington, Massachusetts. January 28, 2012 Mark Ludwig and the Hawthorne String Quartet presented a two-hour program on art and oppression during the Nazi era, with performances of works by Gideon Klein and Viktor Ullmann. Edgar Krasa told his story of surviving Terezín and Auschwitz.
Boston College. Survivors Anna and Paul Ornstein and Edgar Krasa lecture each year at Boston College in TMF Director Mark Ludwig’s annual spring course titled “Art and Music During the Holocaust and Third Reich.”
Yom HaShoah candle-lighting and concert. Clarinetist Thomas Martin and the Hawthorne String Quartet performed the André Previn Clarinet Quintet, a 2011 TMF Commission, plus Gideon Klein’s Duo for Violin and Cello. Produced by TMF and Temple Israel of Boston on April 22, 2012. Dates for our 2013 Yom HaShoah concerts are here.
Boston-wide Yom HaShoah Holocaust Commemoration. TMF Executive Director Mark Ludwig spoke and performed Gideon Klein’s “Lullaby,” written in Terezín, at this annual Jewish Community Relations Council event on April 29, 2012 at Faneuil Hall, Boston. Music by Gideon Klein can be heard here.