The East Valley JCC’s Center for Holocaust Education and Human Dignity and the City of Chandler will present “Voices Silenced” at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, at the East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler.
Pianist Hannah Creviston, a clinical associate professor at Arizona State University’s School of Music and a former parent of the Early Childhood Learning Center, pays tribute to composers who died in the Holocaust by performing the music they wrote. The lecture-recital will feature works by Gideon Klein, Pavel Haas, Rudolf Karel, Erwin Schulhoff and Karel Berman and she will share biographical information about each of the composers. There will also be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.
Creviston was inspired to create the performance after hearing a talk by Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s stepsister, who spoke about “the idea of continuing one’s legacy through their work.” This is the first time Creviston is performing these pieces in front of an audience and presenting this lecture-recital She also plans to present the music at a Music Teachers National Association conference in March. “My hope is in presenting it to the teachers, that more people will be interested in playing the music,” she said.
One of the composers is Gideon Klein, a Czech pianist who wrote a piano sonata in the Terezin concentration camp when he was 24 years old. He died in early 1945. There are three movements to this piece below, performed by Ivo Kahanek; Klein never got to write the planned fourth movement.
Tickets are $10. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit evjcc.org/voices-silenced.
This program is part of The Center for Holocaust Education and Human Dignity at the EVJCC. Programs include presentations, guest speakers, exhibits, an annual Yom Hashoah program and Generations After, a program for children and grandchildren of survivors.