Beit Theresienstadt, “The Fund for Remembrance for Victims of Ghetto Theresienstadt” at kibbutz Givat Hayim-Ihud, with the support of the Isr. Ministry of Culture and Sport, is holding now for the tenth time the seminar “History, Music and Remembrance”.
The seminar is a workshop for composers and for research towards building a bridge between the past, present and future – international master classes for the performance of music composed and played in ghetto Theresienstadt and music banned by the Nazis.
The seminar opens on August 1, 2010; in its framework are classes for composing directed by the composer Dr. Michael Wolpe.
For the first time the composers class will deal with the last work by Victor Ullmann The Lay of the Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke, created in the ghetto, to the lyrics of R.M.Rilke.
The participants will orchestrate and edit the composition that had remained in an unfinished version. In the composer’s manuscript detailed sketches for orchestration were found, but only for a few chapters. This is the last memento of the man regarded as the greatest composer in the Holocaust era.
The participants will write a chamber version that will be performed for the first time in a concert by “Ensemble Meitar” under the baton of Nir Cohen. At the concert there will also be two additional compositions, “String Trio” by Gideon Klein, also written in Theresienstadt and the work “From the South” by Michael Wolpe – music for chamber ensemble, inspired by Abba Kovner’s poems.
The concert will be preceded by an appreciation for Prof. David Bloch, musicologist and researcher of music created in ghetto Theresienstadt.
The concert - Aug 6th 2010