Skokie, IL (PRWEB) October 05, 2012
Pianist and Steinway Artist Jeanne Golan will perform The Complete Sonatas of Victor Ullmann in two programs that span the compositional life of Viktor Ullmann, from his days as a leading musical figure in Prague to his internment at Terezin. The performances will take place on Thursday, October 18th at 7pm and Sunday, October 21st at 1:30pm; each concert will last 90 minutes and be followed by a dessert reception. Single performance general public tickets are $18, $14 for museum members. A $5 surcharge will be added to tickets purchased on the day of the performance. Advance purchase recommended; Click here or call 847.967.4852. The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is located at 9603 Woods Drive in Skokie, Illinois.
Viktor Ullmann’s (1898-1944), valiantly creative career culminated in the Nazi concentration camp of Theresienstadt/Terezín before he was sent to his death in Auschwitz. Golan’s double-CD set ¬– the first to put all seven of Ullmann’s piano sonatas together in more than two decades – was released by Steinway & Sons/Arkiv Music on August 28, 2012.
In a testimonial by James Conlon for Golan’s recording, the conductor – renowned Music Director of the Ravina Festival and dedicated champion of music by composers persecuted and displaced by the Nazis – says: “Viktor Ullmann and others of his generation are less known to us today not because of any lack of musical quality, but because their voices were stifled by a regime and then pushed aside once again in the clamor of post-war cultural advancement. This excellent and important recording by Jeanne Golan will do much to generate greater appreciation for Ullmann’s music among musicians and music lovers everywhere. I hope other musicians will follow her example by immersing themselves in the music of Ullmann and, in so doing, discover the work of a true 20th-century master.”
Rick Hirschhaut, Executive Director of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, notes, “We are privileged to give voice to this brilliant composer whose work was silenced by the Nazi regime. Through the magnificent artistry of Jeanne Golan, the music of Viktor Ullmann can now be enjoyed and experienced by all who join us for these momentous concerts.”
The Massachusetts-bred, New York-based Golan fully immersed herself in Ullmann’s music and life for this ambitious project. Golan points out that Ullmann’s range as a composer was extraordinary: “He had this capacity to tap into all these different styles yet still sound like himself,” she says. “Ullmann was such a curious musician. Each sonata is a sort of experiment in a certain sound world, as he explores what’s suggested in folk songs or Mahler and Bartók. But it’s never derivative ¬¬¬– the music comes out as Ullmann. He had a real sense of play.
His is a very sad story, and that was a horrific time, obviously. But along with distressed emotion in his music, there is humor and often a real exuberance, a reveling in creativity.”
Philip L. and Ellen V. Glass are the Presenting Sponsor for The Complete Piano Sonatas of Viktor Ullmann.
The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is the largest facility in the Midwest dedicated to preserving the memories of those lost in the Holocaust and to teaching current generations to fight hatred, indifference and genocide in today’s world. The Museum is located at 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. The Museum is open Monday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Thursday evenings: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Learn more at http://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org.