The theme of this year’s concert for Kristallnacht (‘Night of Broken Glass’) is “Hope”.
The concert is in remembrance of the mass arrest and murder of Germany’s Jewish population and widespread destruction of Jewish businesses and synagogues, by the Nazis in November 1938.
Israeli violinist, Tal First, and Inbal Megiddo of the NZ School of Music will perform Violins of Hope by Israeli composer, conductor and pianist, Ohad ben Ari.
Tal First, is a rising star, currently at New York’s world famous, Julliard School. A member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (conducted by Daniel Barenboim) and concertmaster of the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, Tal is already an accomplished chamber musician.
The Violins of Hope is deeply poignant and honours the violins collected and restored by Israeli violin maker, Amnon Weinstein – violins that were played in the ghettos and concentration camps, or belonged to victims of the Holocaust.
This performance represents its New Zealand premier. It has also previously been performed by members of the Berlin Philharmonic at a special memorial concert.
Other works to be performed at this year’s concert include: Mahler’s early Piano Quartet, the Piano Trio by Hungarian composer Paul Hermann, who was arrested in France and deported to Eastern Europe, works by Dick Kattenburg, a Dutch Jewish composer who died in Auschwitz at the age of 24, two movements from Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, a work he composed while in a prisoner of war camp, and two songs by Kurt Weill.
The 2018 programme is distinctive and varied. This year’s concert embodies the idea of eternal hope, and is dedicated to the memory of the Holocaust and the casualties of war.