ARC Music Reborn
ARC (Artists of The Royal Conservatory), the resident ensemble
at The Royal Conservatory of Music featuring the faculty of The
Glenn Gould School, presents Music Reborn, a special music festival
exploring the lives and music of composers who were imprisoned
during the Holocaust, as well as music inspired by that period.
The festival takes place at The Royal Conservatory of Music from
Friday, Dec. 5 to Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003. Music Reborn is made possible
through the generous support of Leslie and Anna Dan and Family.
Two concerts at the Conservatory's Mazzoleni Concert Hall, performed
by the ARC ensemble and its special guests on Saturday, Dec.
6 and Sunday, Dec. 7, constitute the core of Music Reborn. ARC's
special guests include Kimberley Barber, mezzo-soprano; Robert
Pomakov, bass; Thomas Goerz, bass-baritone and Rennie Regehr,
viola, as well as two Glenn Gould School students Cherry Kim,
cello and Carmen Flores, viola. The Music Reborn program is augmented
by additional free concerts, lectures and film screenings taking
place at The Royal Conservatory of Music and the Royal Ontario
Admission to the two ARC concerts on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 is $25
for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased
from The RCM Box Office by calling (416) 408-2824, ext. 321.
Other concerts in the festival, featuring students of The Glenn
Gould School of The Royal Conservatory, are free admission.
Music Reborn also includes lectures by respected historians
and musicologists. Gottfried Wagner will explore the significance
of the music of his great-grandfather, Richard Wagner, to Nazi
culture. Bret Werb, resident musicologist of the U.S. Holocaust
Museum, will discuss the work of Aleksander Kulisiewicz, a concentration
camp survivor and collector of music from the Holocaust.
"The chaos wrought by the Nazi era utterly changed the
course of musical history," says Simon Wynberg, Artistic
Director of ARC. "Music Reborn will examine some of the
surviving musical works and the political and social context
of their creation."
"Music Reborn, like other programs presented by ARC, is
closely tied to the curriculum of The Conservatory's Glenn Gould
School," states Dr. Peter Simon, President of The Royal Conservatory of Music. "At the same time, this intensive
exploration of the creative output and societal events of the
Nazi era provides the people of Toronto with an opportunity to
discover many musical masterpieces that were created at the time
of unimaginable oppression."
In their first concert, on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m., ARC and
special guests will perform works written by Jewish composers
during the war, including Szymon Laks, Pavel Haas, Karel Berman,
Viktor Ullmann and Mieceslaw Weinberg.
The program of the second ARC concert, on Sunday, Dec. 7 at
8 p.m., reflects the personal reactions of modern composers to
the Holocaust period, with works by Paul Schoenfield, Leo Smit,
Erwin Schulhoff and Sergei Prokofiev.
The members of the ARC ensemble are: Marie Bérard, Mark Fewer & Erika
Raum (violins), Bryan Epperson (cello), Joaquin Joaquin Valdepenas
(clarinet), James Anagnoson, Leslie Kinton, Dianne Werner & David
Founded in 1886, The Royal Conservatory of Music is the largest
and oldest independent arts educator in Canada, serving more
than 500,000 active participants each year. To meet the educational
and cultural needs of the 21st century, The Royal Conservatory
of Music has launched a $55 million Capital Campaign to build
a state-of-the-art Performance and Learning Centre. Slated to
open in September 2006, the new facility will feature 120,000
square feet of new academic and performance space, including
60 new fully wired practice and teaching studios and an acoustically
perfect 1,000-seat concert hall.
For more information, please contact Jack Kado, Director of Public Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 408 2824, ext. 461.