Empowering Voice: The Banned and the Damned Concerts and Lectures on Music from the Holocaust

Mon, October 3, 2011 | Jessen Auditorium

How does music reach beyond experiences of horrific violence and genocide? This two-day symposium at the University of Texas, Austin, gives voice to those who were silenced during World War II. UT’s Ernest and Sarah Butler School of Music divisions of Vocal Arts, Collaborative Piano and Musicology-Ethnomusicology will present concerts and lectures on October 3rd and 4th centering on vocal music from the Czech music camp Tereczin (Therezenstadt) and other exiled and banned artists during World War II.

Events on Monday October 3rd bring to life music from the Czech musical ghetto and concentration camp with lectures and musical performances from Tereczin. Lectures and concert offerings on Tuesday October 4th presents music and lectures on the music of banned and exiled artists and their communities during World War II.


All events to be held in Jessen Auditorium; lectures Monday-Tues 2:00-5:00 pm; concert 7:30-9:30 pm.


Concert works include:

Monday, October 3rd

 “Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilkes” by Viktor Ullmann

performed by Philip Bohlman and Christine Bohlman


“Der Kaiser von Atlantis” by Viktor Ullmann

Der Kaiser: David Small, Baritone

Lautsprecher: Joseph Crabtree, Bass

Der Tod: Phillip Hill, Bass baritone

Harlequin: Eric Neuville, Tenor

Bubikopf: Emily Ward, Soprano

Der Soldat: Brad Raymond, Tenor

Der Trommler: Cynthia Moellenhoff

Pianist: Richard Masters

Conductor: Kelly Kuo


Tuesday, October 4th

“Babi yar” by Shostokovich Nikita Storojev and Tatiana Storojeva

Songs by Bretan, Zemlinsky, Korngold, Berg Darlene Wiley and Anne Epperson

Cabaret Songs of Ilse Weber: Rose Taylor, Rick Rowley

Czech Romani songs: Petra Gelbart



Monday October 3rd 2:30-5:00

Dr. David Brown, University of Southern California

Prof. Philip Bohlman, University of Chicago

Tuesday October 4th

2:00-3:15 Lecture on Music of Czech Romani communities in World War II by Dr. Petra Gelbart, New York University

3:30-5:00 TBA


As this event includes musical performances and academic content, please
consider bringing your classes to the lectures and/or concerts. Some of
these events will be part of class lectures for Signature courses and for
the musicology/ethnomusicology colloquium series. There is plenty of room in
Jessen to accommodate more classes. You can also provide extra credit
opportunities for attendance. We welcome all students, faculty and community
members---all events are free and open to the public.


For further information please contact: 

Prof. Sonia Seeman: stseeman@mail.utexas.edu

Prof. Darlene C. Wiley:dwiley@mail.utexas.edu

Sponsored by: Ernest and Sarah Butler School of Music divisions of Vocal Arts and Center for Middle Eastern Studies

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