Rediscovered Masters


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Between Dream and Reality: German Jewish Composers after Wagner
Christopher Hailey, Musicologist
May 18 | 7:30 p.m. | Congregation Beth Israel | map
May 19 | 6:30 p.m. | Symphony Hall | map

Musicologist Christopher Hailey, educated at Duke and Yale Universities, is a specialist in 20th-century music history. His many publications include a biography of the Austrian opera composer Franz Schreker, an edition of the correspondence between Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg, a translation of Theodor W. Adorno's biography of Berg, and several editions of scores by Berg and Schreker. Mr. Hailey is director of the Franz Schreker Foundation and from 1999-2003 was the visiting professor at the Arnold Schoenberg Institute in Vienna. In 2006-07 he was a member of the Institute for Advance Study in Princeton, where he was working on a history of Viennese musical modernism. In 2010 he was scholar in residence at the Bard Music Festival, for which he edited the essay volume Alban Berg and His World. In recent years he has taught seminars on “Music and the Holocaust” at Princeton University and The College of New Jersey. He has been a regular pre-performance lecturer for the Los Angeles Philhamonic and the Los Angeles Opera.

Previous Lectures

Rediscovered Masters: From Mendelssohn to the Holocaust
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism
Director, Center for Jewish Studies, Arizona State University
Oct 6 | 7:30 p.m. | Congregation Beth Israel
Oct 7 | 6:30 p.m. | Symphony Hall

The Jews of Central Europe: Assimilation or Jewish Identity
Marsha L. Rozenblit
Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Jewish History, University of Maryland
Nov 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Congregation Beth Israel | map
Nov 11 | 6:30 p.m. | Symphony Hall | map

The Young Felix Mendelssohn: The Making of a Musical Genius
Larry Todd, Arts and Sciences Professor of Music, Duke University
Nov 22 | 7:30 p.m. | Congregation Beth Israel | map

Judaism and Christianity: Shared Heritage, Diverse Interpretations
David Schildkret, Professor of Choral Music, Arizona State University School of Music
Feb 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Congregation Beth Israel
Feb 3 | 6:30 p.m. | Symphony Hall

“An Hebraic Art Taste”: Wagner, Jews and the Business of Music
David Conway, Senior Research Fellow, University College, London
Mar 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Congregation Beth Israel
Mar 3 | 6:30 p.m. | Symphony Hall

Music, Assimilation, and Ambivalence - CANCELED
Joel Revzen, Artistic Director, Arizona Opera
Apr 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Congregation Beth Israel

Theresienstadt: Hitler’s Unwitting Gift
featuring a live performance of Gideon Klein’s String Trio

Robert Elias, Executive Director, The Orel Foundation
Mar 23 | 7:30 p.m. | Congregation Beth Israel | map

Robert Elias is President of The OREL Foundation, which is devoted to the music of European composers who were suppressed during the Nazi years. He is a graduate of The University of Southern California, where he also served as a Teaching Assistant while pursuing graduate studies in Historical Musicology. Between his undergraduate and graduate work, he spent a year in Hungary studying the educational methods of composer-pedagogue Zoltán Kodály at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. Mr. Elias has also served as Executive Director of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; The Orange County (CA) Philharmonic Society; Music Teachers National Association; The Cincinnati Arts Festival, Inc.; and as President and CEO of the Warren County (OH) Foundation.

Gideon Klein’s String Trio performed by:
Sarah Schreffler, violin | Allyson Wuenschel, viola | Adele Stein, cello

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