Join Colorado Music Festival for a celebration of Jewish Composers!
The 2013 Rediscovered Masters Program is a series of performances celebrating Jewish composers and their music! The program emphasizes music composed before, during, and immediately after World War II. The music of many Jewish composers was suppressed, and subsequently forgotten. Music Director Michael Christie is committed to resurrecting these lost treasures and putting them in their rightful place in musical history.
Colorado Music Festival is eager to preserve the legacy of composers who endured the Holocaust, share the beauty of these works, and broaden the awareness of this brilliant legacy.
“My interest in this subject is primarily based on the superb quality of the music. The number of works never heard in North America is vast and there are still many works that are awaiting a world premiere. I believe the artists would want us to use their music to look forward.”
– Michael Christie, Colorado Music Festival Music Director
“I believe that the spirit of this “lost generation” now needs to be heard. Their music is accessible and relevant. We cannot restore to these composers their lost lives. We can, however, return the gift that would mean more to them than any other–to play their music. By keeping alive their music, we deny those past regimes a posthumous victory.”
– James Conlon, Ravinia Festival Music Director
Many thanks to our Rediscovered Masters community partners:
▪ Boulder Anti-Defamation League ▪ Boulder JCC ▪ Boulder Jewish Festival ▪ Boulder Jewish News ▪ The Dairy Center for the Arts ▪ Eight Days a Week Printing ▪ Haver ▪ The International Book Sharing Project ▪ OREL Foundation ▪ Oreg Foundation ▪ Rose Community Foundation ▪ University of Colorado Jewish Studies Program
Music performed this summer in connection with this program includes:
• Sunday, June 30 - “Opening Night” featuring film scores by composers such as Erich Korngold, Franz Waxman, and Max Steiner. These master composers added atmosphere and drama to films such as The adventures of Robin Hood, Gone with the Wind and King Kong. The evening will be a terrific way to kick off the Music Festival’s season.
• Thursday & Friday, July 11 & 12 – “Triumphant Thirds” featuring Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s spectacular Third Symphony paired with Beethoven’s Third Symphony, “Eroica.”
• Thursday & Friday, July 25 & 26 – “Sacred Service” by Ernst Bloch is a work written for orchestra, chorus, and baritone, and is an extraordinary example of how scripture and faith can inspire an artist to reach for aspects of humanity and devotion they didn’t know existed within themselves.
• Sunday, August 4 - “Chamber Symphony” by Franz Schreker is a work composed for the
faculty of the Vienna Academy in 1916 and was immediately embraced and quickly entered the repertoire.