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Jan. 27-31: Michael Christie and New West Symphony present Holocaust Remembrance

January 13, 2021 | By Maggie Stapleton
Jensen Artists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contacts: Maggie Stapleton, Jensen Artists (Christie)
646.536.7864 x2 | maggie@jensenartists.com
Ross Goldberg (New West Symphony)
818.597.8453, x1 | ross@kevinross.net

New West Symphony Presents Holocaust Remembrance
Michael Christie, Artistic & Music Director
 

Continuing its “Global Sounds, Local Cultures” 20-21 Season of Mini-Festivals
With Four Online Events Beginning on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Michael Christie with NWS.jpg

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7pm PST – “Never Forget”

Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 6pm PST – Pre-Concert Talk

Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 7pm PST – Meet the Artists

Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 3pm PST – Holocaust Remembrance Performance
 

Single Tickets and All-Access Passports Available Here:
www.newwestsymphony.org/2020-21-virtual-season/holocaust-remembrance

 
“[New West Symphony is] embracing the mission of refreshing the modern concert experience for a new generation” – Los Angeles Times

www.michaelchristieonline.com

Los Angeles, CA – New West Symphony (NWS), with Grammy-winning conductor Michael Christie as Artistic and Music Director, continues its 2020-21 groundbreaking and reimagined season of “Global Sounds, Local Cultures” with Holocaust Remembrance. Coinciding with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the festival begins Wednesday January 27, 2021 and runs through January 31, 2021. In addition to each initial live-streamed event, all programs will be available on-demand to passport holders shortly after the initial broadcast ends.

The mini-festival will take place in four unique presentations featuring touching historical context and music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and today, culminating with musicians from the New West Symphony and the internationally acclaimed Jerusalem Quartet performing an array of music illuminating vast stylistic and cultural treasures. Michael Christie curated all of the programs and will be available for a live chat during each segment. 

“The music of the early-mid 20th century was profoundly influenced by some of classical music’s greatest masters and was boldly looking toward international and folk influences even during the century’s darkest points,” said Christie. “Our Holocaust Remembrance concert features an array of enchanting music presented in an historical context of the early 20th century while paying tribute to the atrocities of the times.”

Program Information

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7pm PST – “Never Forget”

This program features interviews with Celina Biniaz, the youngest of Schindler’s List survivors and the Violins of Hope Los Angeles Chair Susanne Reyto, along with a showing of a “Violins of Hope” documentary.

Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 6pm PST – Pre-Concert Talk

Informative one-hour performance review with UCLA Senior Lecturer David Ravetch via Zoom. Participation is encouraged.

Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 7pm PST – Meet the Artists

30-minute program featuring exclusive interviews with members of Jerusalem Quartet and pianist Daniel Vnukowski.

Sunday January 31, 2021 at 3pm PST – Holocaust Remembrance Performance

Michael Christie, Artistic and Music Director

Erwin Schulhoff | Five pieces for String Quartet

                  Jerusalem String Quartet 

Johannes Brahms | String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67

                  Jerusalem String Quartet

John Williams | Three Pieces from Schindler’s List

                  Alyssa Park, violin, New West Symphony Concertmaster

                  Daniel Vnukowski, piano

Wladyslaw Szpilman | Mazurka in F minor (1942)

                  Daniel Vnukowski, piano

Mieczslaw Weinberg | Sonata No. 1 for Viola, Adagio Op. 107

                  Philip Triggs, New West Symphony Principal Viola

Béla Kovács | Sholem-alekhim, rov Feldman! for Klezmer Clarinet and Piano

                  Joshua Ranz, New West Symphony Principal Clarinet

                  Daniel Vnukowski, piano

Holocaust Remembrance is the third in a series of festivals being held October 2020 through June 2021 designed to spotlight the vivid cultural influences that have shaped classical music and Southern California itself. The season premiered with A Tour of Japan and followed with A Tour of India, both of which are now available on demand at www.newwestsymphony.org.

Each tradition—with Japanese, Indian, South Korean, Mexican, Persian or Chinese cultural influences, in addition to Holocaust Remembrance – has strong connections to symphonic music of the past and present. The season’s repertoire includes works composed by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Elgar, Gershwin, Mahler, Mozart, Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Scott Joplin, Florence Price, Toru Takemitsu, George Walker and more. Contemporary composers will include Valerie Coleman, Reena Esmail, Shinichi Yuize and others.

Cost for each “Festival Passport” is $25 per household. Patrons may also select a “All Access Season Passport” for the full season for $160 for all festivals. Tickets and memberships may be purchased online at www.newwestsymphony.org or by phone at 805-497-5880 or 866-776-8400. Any time on demand viewing is available.

Community partners and advisors who have collaborated with New West Symphony on the development on the 2020-21 season include the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library; Hirokazu Kosaka, Japanese American Cultural Community Center; Composer Reena Esmail; and Mark Kligman and Supeena Adler from UCLA’s Department of Ethnomusicology. The concert is sponsored by the New West Symphony League and Kathy Jeffers-Volk in memory of her husband Charles H. Volk, PhD. Season sponsors are Home Helpers Home Care, Karen and Dr. Paul Finkel, Susan Burgos, and Fern and Dr. Arnold Heyman. New West Symphony has also received grants to support this season from Barbara Barnard Smith World Music Fund at Ventura County Community Foundation, the Colburn Foundation, California Arts Council, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Neiman Marcus Foundation, TOArts, City of Thousand Oaks, Westlake Women’s Club, Meadowlark Service League, Bank of America Foundation, and others.

Now in its 26th season, the New West Symphony draws its players from the rich talent pool of accomplished Los Angeles-area musicians. Its mission is to inspire passion for symphonic music through live performances and education initiatives that engage and enrich its diverse audiences. For more information, visit www.newwestsymphony.org or connect on Facebook and Instagram.

New West Symphony Upcoming Concerts

All concerts and content will be streamed online and/or available to watch on-demand for a limited time. Program details will be released four weeks prior to the streaming dates. More information is available at www.newwestsymphony.org.

A Tour of China
Sunday, February 28, 2021, 3pm PT

Persian Festival
Sunday, April 11, 2021, 3pm PT

A Tour of Mexico
Sunday, May 2, 2021, 3pm PT

A Tour of South Korea
Sunday, June 13, 2021, 3pm PT 

Cost for each virtual concert is $15 per household; an All-Access Passport for each mini festival is $25 per household. Patrons may also select a digital membership for the full season for $160 for all mini-festivals. Tickets and memberships may be purchased online at www.newwestsymphony.org or by phone at (805) 497-5880 or (866) 776-8400.

Community partners and advisors who have collaborated with New West Symphony on the development on the 2020-21 season include Ronald Reagan Presidential Library; Hirokazu Kosaka, Japanese American Cultural Community Center; Composer Reena Esmail; and Mark Kligman and Supeena Adler from UCLA’s Department of Ethnomusicology. Season sponsors are Home Helpers Home Care, Karen and Dr. Paul Finkel, Susan Burgos, and Fern & Dr. Arnold Heyman. New West Symphony has received grants to support this season from the Colburn Foundation, California Arts Council, Edison Foundation, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Neiman Marcus Foundation, TOArts, City of Thousand Oaks, Westlake Women’s Club, Meadowlark Service League, City of Agoura Hills, Bank of America Foundation, and others.

About Michael Christie: Grammy award-winning conductor Michael Christie is a thoughtfully innovative conductor, equally at home in the symphonic and opera worlds, who is focused on making the audience experience at his performances entertaining, enlightening, and enriching. The New York Times reports, “Michael Christie is a director open to adventure and challenge,” and the Cincinnati Enquirer declares, “If Michael Christie represents the future of music in this country, the future looks promising indeed.”

Christie won a 2019 Grammy Award (Best Opera Recording) for the world premiere recording of Mason Bates’ The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with The Santa Fe Opera (PENTATONE). In 2017, he led the world premiere performances at The Santa Fe Opera, “with suave assurance” (San Francisco Chronicle), with “precision and pizzazz” (Santa Fe New Mexican), and “preside[d] over an expertly executed performance” (The Financial Times). He was featured in Opera News in August 2012 as one of 25 people believed to “break out and become major forces in the field in the coming decade.” At Minnesota Opera, Christie led 24 productions over eight years, six seasons as its first-ever Music Director (2012-2018). Other recent highlights include leading performances with Washington National Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre. Deeply committed to bringing new works to life, Michael Christie has championed commissions by leading and emerging composers alike, including Mark Adamo, Mason Bates, Unsuk Chin, Michael Daugherty, Osvaldo Golijov, Mark Grey, Daron Hagen, Jennifer Higdon, Matthew Hindson, Huang Ruo, Marjan Mozetich, Stephen Paulus, Kevin Puts, and more.

Michael Christie has been a strong proponent of multicultural programming throughout his career. He created a World Music Festival at the Phoenix Symphony and a World Music Series at the Colorado Music Festival. As Chief Conductor of the Queensland Orchestra in Australia, he toured Japan and recorded his debut album with didgeridoo player William Barton. With the Phoenix Symphony, he premiered and recorded Mark Grey’s Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio, libretto by Navajo poet Laura Tohe. While Music Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, he led performances of Tan Dun’s The Gate and created the orchestra’s Nuevo Latino Festival.

Christie’s conducting career, spanning more than 20 years, has included serving as Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony (2005-2013) and Brooklyn Philharmonic (2005-2010), and as Chief Conductor of the Queensland Orchestra (2001-2004) in Australia, as well as guest appearances leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Symphonies of Dallas, St. Louis, Atlanta, Houston, Minnesota, Oregon, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Santa Rosa. Christie’s many European engagements have included leading the Rotterdam Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Orchestre National de Lille, Swedish and Netherlands Radio Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, NDR Hannover Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic. In addition, Christie enjoys a strong profile in Australia, where he has conducted the Sydney Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, Opera Queensland, and the Western Australian Symphony in Perth.

Michael Christie first came to international attention in 1995 when he was awarded a special prize for “Outstanding Potential” at the First International Sibelius Conductors’ Competition in Helsinki. Following the competition, he was invited to become an apprentice conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra where he subsequently worked with Daniel Barenboim as well as at the Berlin State Opera during the 1996-1997 season. For more information, visit www.michaelchristieonline.com.

About the Jerusalem String Quartet

“Passion, precision, warmth, a gold blend: these are the trademarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet.” Such was The New York Times’ impression of the Jerusalem Quartet. Since the ensemble’s founding in 1993 and subsequent 1996 debut, the four Israeli musicians have embarked on a journey of growth and maturation. This journey has resulted in a wide repertoire and stunning depth of expression, which carries on the string quartet tradition in a unique manner. The ensemble has found its core in a warm, full, human sound and an egalitarian balance between high and low voices. This approach allows the quartet to maintain a healthy relationship between individual expression and a transparent and respectful presentation of the composer’s work. It is also the drive and motivation for the continuing refinement of its interpretations of the classical repertoire as well as exploration of new epochs.

The Jerusalem Quartet is a regular and beloved guest on the world’s great concert stages. With regular bi-annual visits to North America, the quartet has performed in cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, and Cleveland as well as in the Ravinia Festival. In Europe, the quartet enjoys an enthusiastic reception with regular appearances in London’s Wigmore hall, Tonhalle Zürich, Munich Herkulessaal, Theatre des Champs-Elysées, as well as special guest performances at the Auditorium du Louvre Paris, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and festivals such as Salzburg, Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Rheingau, Saint Petersburg white Nights and many others.

The Jerusalem Quartet records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi. The quartet’s recordings, particularly the albums featuring Haydn’s string quartets and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden,” have been honored with numerous awards such as the Diapason d’Or and the BBC Music Magazine Award for chamber music. In 2018, the quartet released two albums – an album of Dvorak’s String Quintet Op. 97 and Sextet Op. 48, and a much-awaited recording of the celebrated quartets by Ravel and Debussy. In the spring of 2019, the quartet released a unique album exploring Jewish music in Central Europe between the wars and its far-reaching influence. Israeli Soprano Hila Baggio joined the quartet to perform a collection of Yiddish Cabaret songs from Warsaw in the 1920s. The quartet has commissioned composer Leonid Desyatnikov to arrange these songs, which were sung in Yiddish. Schulhoff’s Five Pieces (1924), a collection of short and light cabaret-like pieces, and Korngold’s Quartet No. 2 (1937) complete the program.

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