MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Bohemia, Bombay, Bloomington: The Musical Exile of Walter Kaufmann

How many voices were silenced by the Nazis — how much music was lost or marginalized as a result of the Holocaust and World War Two? Today at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST, an online discussion of Czech/American composer Walter Kaufmann (1907–1984) will take place in connection with the Royal Conservatory of Music’s ARC Ensemble first-ever recording devoted to Kaufmann’s chamber music.

The conversation will explore the issue of lost repertoire in the 20th century and efforts to reclaim it. Speakers include the conductor James Conlon; Robert Elias, Director of the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at the Colburn School; and Simon Wynberg, Artistic Director of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s ARC Ensemble.

There will also be live performances by the ARC Ensemble and students of the Colburn School. The event will be hosted on the Colburn School’s YouTube and Facebook accounts. Watch it here. Following the discussion, attendees can participate in a live Q&A session via YouTube’s chat feature.

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