Eastman School of Music faculty members, students, and alumni will join the worldwide observance of Yom HaShoah by performing a Holocaust Remembrance Concert entitled “A Time to Remember,” on Sunday, May 1, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall. The concert features music written by those who perished or survived the World War II concentration and work camps, as well as music written in tribute to those who died, curated by Professor of Violin Renée Jolles.
The series of annual concerts was launched in 2014 by Renée Jolles, Wegman Family Professor of Violin. Her father, Jerome Jolles, buried bodies as part of a work detail in Romania during the Nazi occupation. He survived and came to the United States, where he finished his studies at Juilliard in music performance and composition. A virtuoso accordion player, piano teacher, and composer, Mr. Jolles died in January 2014.
“We gather for our concert to celebrate the unquenchable creativity of humanity and the neglected genius of a generation of composers whose lives were cut short or irretrievably altered,” says Renée Jolles. “Please join us for an evening of memory and hope.”
This year’s concert program consists of:
Dick Kattenburg (1919-1944): Quartet for Flute, Violin, Cello, and Piano (1939-1940), performed by Bonita Boyd, flute; Renée Jolles, violin; Margery Hwang, cello; and Irina Lupines, piano
Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996): Sonata No. 5 for Violin and Piano, performed by Mikhail Kopelman, violin and Anna Gourfinkel, piano
Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959: Sonata for Viola and Piano (1955), performed by Masumi Per Rostad, viola and Chiao-Wen Cheng, piano
Ilse Weber (1903-1944): three songs: Ade, Kamerad; Wiegala; Ich wander durch Theresienstadt, performed by Jan Opalach, baritone and Russell Miller, piano
“A Time to Remember . . .” is free and open to the public.
The three-semester-long Eastman Centennial celebration began in Fall 2021 and continues throughout 2022. Highlights include acclaimed guest artists performing alongside Eastman’s ensembles; national academic and music conferences; alumni events throughout the country; “100 concerts to celebrate 100 years”; a documentary being produced in partnership with WXXI, and more.
For up-to-date information on the Eastman Centennial, including feature stories, future events, videos, testimonials, ways to engage, and more, please visit our Centennial website at https://www.esm.rochester.edu/100.
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About Eastman School of Music:
The Eastman School of Music was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Mr. Eastman’s dream was that his school would provide a broad education in the liberal arts as well as superb musical training.
More than 900 students are enrolled in the Collegiate Division of the Eastman School of Music—about 500 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. They come from almost every state, and approximately 23 percent are from other countries. They are taught by a faculty comprised of more than 130 highly regarded performers, composers, conductors, scholars, and educators. They are Pulitzer Prize winners, Grammy winners, Emmy winners, Guggenheim fellows, ASCAP Award recipients, published authors, recording artists, and acclaimed musicians who have performed in the world’s greatest concert halls. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 900 concerts to the Rochester community. Additionally, more than 1,700 members of the Rochester community, from young children through senior citizens, are enrolled in the Eastman Community Music School.
About the University of Rochester:
The University of Rochester is one of the nation’s leading private research universities, one of only 62-member institutions in the Association of American Universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y., the University gives undergraduates exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum. Its College, School of Arts and Sciences, and Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are complemented by the Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, and the Memorial Art Gallery.