Brundibár Arts Festival: Events 2022

 

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SATURDAY, 22ND JANUARY 2022, two concerts at 6pm and 8pm
THE WHITE ROSE
Jesmond United Reform Church
Artists: Lubov Ulybysheva, Jessica Lee, Patrick Bolton, Daniel Grimwood, Yoshie Kawamura, Ulrike Anton, Jeremiah Stephenson, Alexandra Raikhlina

This concert will be dedicated to Sophie Scholl a German anti-Nazi activist, convicted of high treason after having been found to distribute anti-war leaflets at the University of Munich (where she was a student). As a result, she was executed by guillotine at the age of 21. White Rose was the name of the non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany that Sophie was part of. We feel it is important to celebrate the bravery of this young girl who stood up for what she believed and remains a symbol of how people can take a courageous action to resist, even the most brutal totalitarian regime. 

Sophie’s last words: “How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause. Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go, but what does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?”

 

Programme:
6pm
 
Ursula Mamlok: Festive Sound fur Orgel
Rosy Wertheim: Violin Sonata in A flat Major
Ruth Schontal: “A Bird Flew over Jerusalem” for flute and piano
 
8pm
 
Rosy Wertheim:“Trois Chansons” for flute, clarinet and bassoon
Ursula Mamlok: Rotations (cello & piano)
Henriette Bosmans: Cello Sonata
 
SUNDAY, 23RD JANUARY 2022
Cobweb Orchestra Concert
Jesmond United Reform Church
Programme TBC
SUNDAY, 30TH JANUARY 2022
BRUNDIBÁR THE OPERA
Sage Gateshead Hall 2
Krása Symphony für kleines Orchester (with background visuals by two visual artists)

"Brundibár" the Opera performance in collaboration with Opera North
WEDNESDAY, 2ND FEBRUARY 2022, two concerts at 3pm and 6pm
FESTIVAL CLOSING CONCERT
Newcastle University, Kings Hall
Artists: Katya Apekisheva, Jack Liebeck, Gemma Rosefield, Alexandra Raikhlina, Rosalind Ventris.

This concert will be dedicated to Alma Rose. Alma Rose was the niece of Gustav Mahler and a brilliantly talented violinist. After her arrest by the Gestapo, she ended up in Auschwitz where she became the conductor of the women’s orchestra who played for their captors to stay alive. She shaped the large number of starved and terrified girls into a brilliant orchestra using whatever talent they had in whatever instruments they could play on: Mozart played on accordions and mandolins, as well as violins and pianos, for example.

She was very demanding and pushed the musicians very hard, the group rehearsed eight hours on top of performing at the gate morning and evening. Alma believed that if they played well enough, they would be allowed to live. They were literally playing for their lives. So impressed were the camp masters by Alma's exacting standards that visiting Nazi leaders were given special performances by this remarkable ensemble whose fame spread through the hierarchy of the "new order".

By doing so Alma undoubtedly saved the lives of her players because if they played and played, they would not be sent to the gas chambers. Not one member is thought to have died under her baton. Alma herself did not survive the camp.

Programme:
3pm
 
Lili Boulanger: Nocturne & Cortege for violin and piano
Nadia Boulanger: 3 pieces for cello and piano
Ursula Mamlok: “From my Garden” viola solo
Rosy Wertheim: String Quartet
Natalie Klouda: Piano Quintet (Special Commission)
 
6pm
 
Henriette Bosmans: Nuit Calme for cello and piano
Dora Pejačević: Piano Quintet
Natalie Klouda: Piano Quintet (Special Commission)

MONDAY, 7TH FEBRUARY 2022
BRUNDIBÁR THE OPERA
Leeds, Howard Assembly Rooms.
Krása Symphony für kleines Orchester (with background visuals by two visual artists)

"Brundibár" the Opera performance in collaboration with Opera North
THURSDAY, 10th FEBRUARY 2022 school's matinée
BRUNDIBÁR THE OPERA
Sage Gateshead Hall 2
"Brundibár" the Opera performance in collaboration with Opera North