The Music of Terezín: The Jewish Community of Ojai and the Ojai Youth Opera join in presenting Robert Elias, Director of the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at the Colburn School, on April 4, 2018 at 7PM. The presentation is free and open to the public. The 1993 film, The Music of Terezín, a BBC/Czech TV co-production directed by Simon Broughton, will be shown. This film was shown twice on the BBC and once on Czech Television, and never broadcast again. It has never been broadcast or distributed in the US. The film is 70 minutes long.
From the director: “During World War II the Terezín (Theresienstadt) ghetto saw a truly remarkable burst of artistic creativity in the face of adversity. This award-winning documentary is the definitive film on Terezín and its music…The Music of Terezín looks at the four major composers who were writing music in the ghetto: Gideon Klein, Pavel Haas, Hans Krása, and Viktor Ullmann. They all perished and represent a lost generation in Czech music. The film includes interviews and performances. With lots of archive footage, musical performances strikingly shot on location in the attics and cellars of the ghetto, and moving personal testimonies, this is a story of musical creativity that resonates far beyond the walls of the ghetto.”
The Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices: This presentation is made possible by the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at the Colburn School. The Initiative was established by a grant from Marilyn Ziering, and focuses on the performance, advocacy, and dissemination of music by composers suppressed during the years of the Nazi regime. James Conlon serves as Artistic Advisor for the Initiative and is director of the Los Angeles Opera’s groundbreaking Recovered Voices project, also supported by Marilyn Ziering. The performance of music by these composers is encouraged within the Colburn Conservatory of Music’s solo, orchestral, and chamber music activities. The Initiative encourages research and academic activities through creative collaborations, conferences, concerts, and publishing.