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Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia
1906 Rittenhouse Sq, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Sponsored by Carol Lidz and in partnership with Sound Impact, the heart of this concert is the music of Polina Nazaykinskaya which honors the lives of two Holocaust Survivors through music.
Don't miss the world premiere performance of Polina's song cycle based on the poetry of Mirko Tuma. He was born in Prague Czechoslovakia in 1921. During World War II, Mr. Tuma spent three and a half years during in the Czech concentration camp Theresienstadt where he wrote numerous poems, translated Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and adapted Calderon’s The Judge of Zalamea. In 1951, he emigrated to the U.S. where he was a drama and music critic and frequent lecturer.
The other piece to be featured is “Haim” written in 2012 by Nazaykinskaya which was the centerpiece of Sound Impact’s debut concert in 2013. “Haim” is a work for clarinet, string quartet, and piano, inspired by the life of David Arben. Arben was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1927. Arben, the only member of his family to escape the Holocaust, survived six concentration camps because of his early gift with the violin. Still a teenager, he was freed by American troops in 1945, and eventually made his way to America to study at the Curtis Institute of Music and to make a career, mostly in the Philadelphia Orchestra. He retired in 1993 as associate concertmaster.
Polina Nazaykinskaya: Haim & Theresienstadt (World Premiere)
Sergei Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes
Dmitri Shostakovich: 5 pieces for Two Violins & Piano
Sunday October 23, 2016 @ 4:00pm
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