Project description

Saturday to the concert · Music as a lifesaver
The Auschwitz Women's Orchestra
Guest musician & contemporary witness Anita Lasker-Wallfisch · Reading & concert

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch cannot travel from London to Salzburg due to the pandemic and will therefore tell us her moving story via video.

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch is a contemporary witness, she was the cellist of the Auschwitz women's orchestra. She survived because the orchestra lacked a cellist. Lasker-Wallfisch tells us her moving story and recalls the role of music in the Nazi era as forced labor and lifesaver. A concert that commemorates the crimes of National Socialism, when many Jewish composers and musicians were murdered or forced to emigrate.

Conductor Elisabeth Fuchs about the program: “On the one hand we play music that has Jewish references, such as Prokofiev's overture on Hebrew themes, the klezmer piece 'Shalom aleckhem - Rov Feidman!', The touching film music from Schindler's List by John Williams or the First performance of the 5th movement of Leon Keuffer's violin concerto. And on the other hand, the program includes 'German' music that Lasker-Wallfisch played or had to play in the women's orchestra at Auschwitz or that was gladly listened to during this devastating time: Richard Wagner's 'Tannhäuser Overture', the Bozen-Mountaineer March by Sepp Tanzer and Robert Schumann's “Dreaming”. ”


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S. PROKOFJEW · Overture on Hebrew Themes
R. WAGNER · Tannhauser Overture
S. TANZER · Bozner-Bergsteiger March
R. SCHUMANN · Dreaming
J. WILLIAMS · Schindler's List
L. KEUFFER Violin Concerto 5th Movement premiere
B. KOVACS Sholem alekhem - Rov Feidman!
JS BACH · Choir “Jesus remains my joy”

Manca Rupnik · Solo violin
Leon Keuffer
· Solo violin
Filip Brezovšek
· Solo clarinet
Harald Fleissner
· Solo clarinet
Anita Lasker Wallfish
· Contemporary witness (via video recording)
Elisabeth Fox · Conductor
Philharmonic Salzburg

SA · 14. November 2020 · 20: 00
Europa Hall Congress House, Salzburg
(originally October 17th)

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Organizer · Tickets: Salzburg Philharmonic and Children's Festival

Estimated end of concert approx. 21:15 p.m.
Concert without a break.

Photo © archive of the author Lasker-Wallfisch
Photo © University of Innsbruck