This program begins at 3:45 with two short films depicting the life in Terezin, Checkoslovakia during WW2. Helga’s Diary is a survivor sharing pieces of her story as a child there. The other film, Children of Theresienstadt, relates to the children’s art that survived from bring hidden away or smuggled out of the camp.
The concert begins with Paul Hindemith’s Acht Stücke, a piece for solo flute. Not from Czechoslovakia himself, Hindemith felt that all was “safe” for him in Germany; he had no reason to fear, until he found out that HIS music was also considered to be ‘degenerate’ by the government oficials. He fled from Germany to America……
Erwin Schulhoff was a composer and jazz pianist. He had 6 different names he used when he performed, although he performed for Prague Radio, was a composer, he also played jazz piano in various places. His alias’ were his attempts to try to escape the notice of the government. He ultimately defected to the Soviet Union…he was friends with Shostakovich and tried to start life anew there.
Barbara Harbach, composer among many other things, from Saint Louis, uses the poetry written by the young children to create her own music. Profoundly beautiful, her Terezin Children’s Songs, “worthily stands in the company of the great cycles by Samuel Barber and Ned Rorem” in a review of her newly released album by Fanfare Magazine. Originally written for violin, soprano, and piano, we have her approval to use flute instead of violin for this performance.
IGNITE Dance Ensemble will be using music composed and recorded by Paula Kasica on her improvisatory CD entitle “Breath of God”…to perform a drama/dance presentation of their Through a Child’s Eyes. Written and choreographed by Nicole Corno, it is a perfect addition to this concert.
Bohuslav Martinu, also Czeckoslovakian, stayed as long as he could in his home country before emigrating to the USA This Sonata for Flute and Piano was written in 1945 as a response to news of the death of his friend in a concentration camp.
Sunday, March 5 at 4:00pm
Winifred Moore Auditorium
470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119