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Empowering Voice: The Banned and the Damned

Concerts and Lectures on Music from the Holocaust

Mon, October 3, 2011 | Jessen Auditorium

2:30 PM - 9:30 PM

How does music reach beyond experiences of horrific violence and genocide?
This two-day symposium at the University of Texas, Austin, gives voice to
those who were silenced during World War II. The UT’s Ernest and Sarah
Butler School of Music divisions of Vocal Arts, Collaborative Piano and
Musicology-Ethnomusicology will present concerts and lectures on October 3rd
and 4th centering on vocal music from the Czech concentration camp Terezin
(Theresienstadt) and other exiled and banned artists during World War II.

Events on Monday October 3rd bring to life music from the Czech musical
ghetto and concentration camp with lectures and musical performances from
Terezin. Lectures and concert offerings on Tuesday October 4th presents
music and lectures on the music of banned and exiled artists and their
communities during World War II.

All events will be held in Jessen Auditorium; lectures Monday-Tues 2:00-5:00
pm; concert 7:30-9:30 pm.
Lectures and concerts are free and open to the public.


Monday October 3rd 2:30-4:45
2:00-3:15 David Brown, University of Southern California
"Music from the Shadows: The Lives and Music of Composers from the
Theresienstadt Concentration Camp"
3:30-4:45 Prof. Philip Bohlman, University of Chicago
"The Tragedy of Transcendence: On the Meaning of the Arts in the Holocaust"
Musicology/ethnomusicology Colloquium series event

5:00 Reception hosted by AGEMS-Musicology/ethnomusicology graduate student

Evening Concert 7:30-9:30
“Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke” by Viktor Ullmann
performed by Philip Bohlman and Christine Bohlman
“Der Kaiser von Atlantis” by Viktor Ullmann
Der Kaiser: David Small, Baritone
Lautsprecher: Joseph Crabtree, Bass
Der Tod: Phillip Hill, Bass baritone
Harlequin: Eric Neuville, Tenor
Bubikopf: Emily Ward, Soprano
Der Soldat: Brad Raymond, Tenor
Der Trommler: Cynthia Moellenhoff
Pianist: Richard Masters
Conductor: Kelly Kuo
Orchestra of UT faculty and students

Sponsored by: The Butler School of Music

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