Track of the Month: March
This month we honor Terezin composer Karel Svenk, born March 17, 1917. Here is Yo-Yo Ma accompanying Terezin survivor George Horner (who played this music in the camp's legendary cabarets) in a 2013 performance of Svenk's "Lullaby" from "Long Live Life" at our 2013 Symphony Hall Gala Concert.
KAREL SVENK was a leading figure in Terezin's cultural life, best remembered for his secret camp anthem, the "Terezin March," and his cabaret revues, including the satire "The Last Cyclist," censored by the Nazis. Svenk was sent to Auschwitz and then Meuselwitz, a subcamp of Buchenwald. He died on a death march from Kraslice to Mauthausen in April 1945.
Svenk's "The Last Cyclist," has recently been reconstructed and reimagined by Naomi Patz, with incidental music commissioned by Terezin Music Foundation from composer Stephen Feigenbaum.
More music by Karel Svenk and other Terezin composers is here.