Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memorial Concert with David Krakauer & Matt Haimovitz
Vilna Poems World Premiere & Akoka The End of Time
In Memory of the 70TH Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Featuring David Krakauer, Matt Haimovitz, Lisa Delan, Kristin Pankonin, Kay Stern & Kathleen Tagg.
Vilna Poems, a song cycle of works by the great Yiddish poet, Avrom Sutskever, composed by David Garner, in memory of Sylvie Braitman. A graduate and faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music David Garner studied piano with Virginia Danforth, Beatrice Beauregard and Nathan Schwartz and cello with Priscilla Parsons and Roman Dukson. His music has been performed widely in the Bay Area and from New York City to Tokyo. His piano music has been performed in competitions in Latvia and Russia. Garner has received commissions from numerous soloists, from Volti, Citywinds and QUADRE, and Shams Ensemble, among other ensembles. Sylvie Braitman, z"l, was a well known Bay Area Yiddish singer for many years and a former member of the Program Committee of the Jewish Music Festival.
Akoka The End of Time is a project inspired by Olivier Messaien's Quartet for the End of Time and developed by Haimovitz and Krakauer for the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Cellist Matt Haimovitz and clarinetist David Krakauer have come together to create a new project centered around Olivier Messaien's Quartet for the End of Time. Given that this piece was composed in a prisoner of war camp in the midst of tremendous world upheaval, and that the subject matter of the quartet describes cataclysmic events (the end of time itself), Haimovitz and Krakauer have created a program of music surrounding and commenting on this aspect of the Messaien. The point of departure is that the clarinetist Henri Akoka who gave the premiere in the prison camp was Jewish. Metaphorically, to focus on Akoka's story (not literally, but rather poetically through music) is to bring out the human aspect of this composition seen through the "eyes" of one individual caught up in terrifying events beyond his control. Indeed, as the forces of fundamentalism, intolerance and violence intensify in today's world, this project is all the more timely. The Messiaen work is bookmarked between two new compositions in a way that "lifts" it out of the polite confines of a normal chamber music performance. Krakauer and Haimovitz first developed this project at the Banff Centre for the Arts residency in May 2007.
Co-sponsored by the Judaica Collection of the Doe-Moffitt Libraries, UC Berkeley
Berkeley Repertory Theatre Thrust Stage (View)
2025 Addison Street, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94704
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