Music in the Shadow of the Holocaust

Jan. 9, 2020

6 p.m.

Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.
$18-$36 in advance, $25 at the door

Online orders close at 12 p.m. on Jan. 9

For the first time, two powerful Holocaust commemoration projects come together for an evening that explores how to approach topics such as genocide, identity and tolerance through art and music.

“The Mischlinge Exposé,” by acclaimed pianist Carolyn Enger, shines a  light on the stories of Mischlinge (half-Jews) and German Jewish converts in Germany. Enger’s multimedia program provides video testimony from survivors and contextualizes these stories with accounts by German-Jewish artists, poets and musicians from before, during and after the Holocaust.

“To Open in Praise,” music from award-winning composer Daniel Asia, a professor of composition at the University of Arizona, elaborates on the spiritual connections between classical music and Judaism. 

Click here to read an article in Jewish News about the concert. 

Daniel Asia bio

Daniel Asia is a composer, former Meet the Composer Composer-in-Residence with the Phoenix Symphony, and Professor of Music Composition at the University of Arizona. Through his program To Open in Praise, Professor Asia will speak about the Jewish Spirit in Classical Music, delving into the mysteries of Judaism, music, and their interrelationships, with a deep listening of his award-winning music based on Jewish texts performed by Jeremy Huw Williams, Steven Moeckel, and Paula Fan.

Carolyn Enger bio

Carolyn Enger, Steinway Concert Artist, is a pianist and recording artist based in the greater New York City area, with roots reaching back to Breslau, now Wroclaw, Poland. She has gained critical acclaim from publications including The New York Times and Gramophone for her lyrical and dynamic playing, her deeply felt interpretations of works from Beethoven and Schubert to contemporary music, and her warm, personal approach. Her Mischlinge Exposé brings to light the stories of Mischlinge like her father and godmother, interwoven with the music and writings of prominent German Jewish converts and Mischlinge. 

Coming on Jan. 26, 2020: ‘Voices Silenced: Piano Music of Composers Killed in the Holocaust