Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Remembrance: 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht

VECTOR WELLINGTON ORCHESTRA MEDIA RELEASE


Concert Of Remembrance - 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht



“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – Santayana

On Sunday November 9, Vector Wellington Orchestra (VWO) is presenting a concert of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust. It is part of a world-wide programme of commemorative events.

The date marks seventy years since Kristallnacht, the night that signaled the Nazis’ emergence as a force of terror and oppression that would convulse the world.

The VWO will play Brahms’ German Requiem and Israeli composer Boris Pigovat’s Holocaust Requiem.

The soloist for Pigovat’s Requiem is Donald Maurice, who was instrumental in bringing the work to Wellington.

Maurice says he had never heard of the composer when he received an email inviting him to perform the work. “I get a fair bit of this sort of ‘soliciting’ so didn't at first get too excited,” Maurice says. “However after putting on the CD I was within 30 seconds completely absorbed by the music and listened straight through the entire 45 minutes, feeling quite drained by the end.

“It still sends shivers down my spine in certain sections when I practise it and I can't help thinking about the horror being depicted. Then there are other moments of such serenity that the tears well up for the sheer beauty of the music.”

Pigovat’s grandparents and aunt were killed by Nazis in a massacre at Babiy Yar, in Ukraine, in 1941, so the Requiem expresses very personal feelings for him.

The work won the Israeli Prime Minister’s Award and Israeli Composer’s Prize. It uses the viola as soloist in a four-movement work based on the Catholic Mass for the Dead, with the addition of a prayer recited four times a year according to the Judaic tradition.

Brahms’ German Requiem will feature the Orpheus Choir and soloists Jenny Wollerman and Jared Holt. Written as a memorial to his mother, Brahms’ Requiem seeks to comfort the living as much as mourn the dead.

At the opening of Wellington’s Holocaust Centre last year, the Governor-General, Anand Satyanand said that remembering the atrocities of the Holocaust was vital to ensuring such horrors were not repeated.

For the Jews of Germany and Austria, Kristallnacht changed the world forever, not unlike our more recent “9/11” attacks. On that “night of broken glass”, hundreds of synagogues and shops were burned and thousands of Jews were arrested and deported.

It is ironic that in recent times the bloodiest oppressors have produced so few enduring works of art, while the victims they sought to silence are given voice through the ages with works like Pigovat’s Requiem.

Proceeds from the performance will be donated to the Wellington Holocaust Centre.

CONCERT OF REMEMBRANCE - 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF KRISTALLNACHT
Sunday 9 November, Michael Fowler Centre 7.30pm

BRAHMS A German Requiem
BORIS PIGOVAT The Holocaust Requiem

Marc Taddei – Conductor
Donald Maurice – Viola
Jenny Wollerman – Soprano
Jared Holt – Baritone

Orpheus Choir – Michael Fulcher, Music Director

contact:
office@wellingtonorchestra.co.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Music: Lorde NZ Tour Confirmed In Four Major Cities!

In what will be her first ever New Zealand headline tour, Frontier Touring and Brent Eccles Entertainment are stoked to bring you four epic shows across the country! The all ages concerts take place late October/ early November in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Poor Economics

A review of and excerpt from Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple’s Child Poverty in New Zealand. More>>

Head Count: Highest Population Growth Since 2003

The country’s population grew by 67,800 people, or 1.5 percent, in the year to 30 June 2014. This came from natural increase (births minus deaths) of 29,500 and net migration (arrivals minus departures) of 38,300. New Zealand's estimated resident population was 4.51 million at 30 June 2014. More>>

Fun-Enhancement: Research To Ensure Even Game For Less Skilled Players

A University of Canterbury engineering PhD student is researching sports, such as table tennis, to ensure closer games for both better and less skilled players. More>>

Werewolf: From The Lost Continent

It’s a case of better late than never for Olivier Assayas’ marvellous After May/Apres Mai, which first screened at Venice in 2012, got a theatrical release in Australia – but not here – and only now appears on DVD, after Assayas himself has moved on. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Blue Eyed & Soulful

Last year’s Muscle Shoals documentary was a reminder that on some of soul music’s most hallowed tracks, the studio band consisted of a bunch of white guys from rural Alabama... More>>

ALSO:

Final Event - Number Crunching: NZ Fifth Best Performer At Commonwealth Games

With a haul of 45 medals, New Zealand has outperformed the best predictions of the world’s number crunchers by 440% and beaten our past performance at the Commonwealth Games by 11% per cent, according to a Massey University finance lecturer. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news