I wrote here and here about the last two performances presented by Pro Musica Hebraica, an organization devoted to presenting Jewish classical music — much of it lost, forgotten, or rarely performed — in a concert hall setting. Pro Musica Hebraica is the project of Charles and Robyn Krauthammer (respectively, the chairman and the chief executive officer).
On Thursday night, Pro Musica Hebraica will present a program devoted to musical responses to World War II. Featured are works written during the war by three distinctive composers: Paul Ben-Haim, who left Germany for Jerusalem, where he became the father of Israeli classical music; Karel Berman, who survived Theresienstadt and Auschwitz; and Walter Braunfels, whose exile from German musical life led to a chamber masterpiece for piano quintet, that will receive its American premiere.
The concert begins at 7:30 at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Perhaps I will have the opportunity to chat with some Power Line readers during the reception following the concert.
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