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ARC Music Reborn
2003-11-04

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 Museum.

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 BĂ©rard, Mark Fewer & Erika Raum (violins), Bryan Epperson (cello), Joaquin Joaquin Valdepenas (clarinet), James Anagnoson, Leslie Kinton, Dianne Werner & David Louie (pianos).

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 media@rcmusic.ca or (416) 408 2824, ext. 461.