Acp Concert: Music Making During Wwii

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Acp Concert: Music Making During Wwii
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We are pleased to return to the Ahavath Achim Synagogue for a program that will make you think and bring you joy.

The concert opens with Martinů's inventive Trio, written in 1944 while he taught composition at Tanglewood, surrounded by idyllic Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

Czech composer Gideon Klein wrote his Trio in the 1944 as well, but under vastly different circumstances. A Jewish composer, Klein was imprisoned at Theresienstadt concentration camp in Terezin. Less than two weeks after finishing his String Trio, he was deported to Auschwitz and died a few months later at the Fürstengrube camp in January of 1945.

Dohnányi's Piano Quintet in C Minor was the first composition he published, having written it in 1895 when he was still a teenager. The work is heavily influenced by the music of Johannes Brahms. He won several competitions in the years following, toured around the world, and made quite a name for himself. In 1920, he became the Director of the Budapest Philharmonic, in 1931 Director of Hungarian Radio, and in 1934 Director of the Academy of Music. He resigned from the Academy a few years later, refusing to exclude Jewish students from the programs. He also kept the Jewish musicians in the Philharmonic despite ever-increasing pressure and demands. In 1944, when the other pieces on this program were being composed, the Nazi occupation began in Budapest. Resistance was no longer possible, so Dohnányi disbanded the ensemble rather than submit to their demands. Dohnányi left Hungary in November of 1944, escaping the war and its ravages just as Klein was completing his String Trio - which would be his last work. Dohnányi eventually settled in Florida, where he taught, conducted, and composed until his death in 1960.

Audience members at this concert are encouraged to stay afterwards for a lovely post-concert reception from our friends at the synagogue. All are welcome!

Musicians:
David Coucheron, violin
Helen Hwaya Kim, violin •
Catherine Lynn, viola
Brad Ritchie, cello
Todd Skitch, flute
Elizabeth Pridgen, piano
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By: Atlanta Chamber Players