Since 1974, Voices of Change has brought new chamber music to Dallas and North Texas audiences. Voices of Change is the only professional chamber ensemble in Dallas that focuses strictly on promoting and performing music of 20th and 21st century composers, with a special emphasis on living composers.
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Voices of Change is thrilled to welcome Dr. Charlotte Decoster of the Dallas Holocaust Museum on April 29 for our pre-concert discussion. The talk begins at 6:30 and is included with your ticket. Don't miss this opportunity to explore this timely topic.
April 29, 2018 • Silent Music — Music of the Holocaust
Boris Pigovat: Silent Music (viola, harp)
Pavel Haas: Four Songs on Chinese Poetry (baritone, piano)
Gideon Klein: String Trio for violin, viola & cello
Erwin Schulhoff: Flute Sonata for piano & flute
Simon Sargon: Shema (for piano & flute, a1988 VoC commission)
The Southwest's premiere modern chamber ensemble presents a rare opportunity to hear chamber works by composers who perished in the concentration camps, including works composed in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, the "model" ghetto noted for its active cultural life.
d. 1942 Wülzburg
One of the most popular Czech composers of the early 20th century, he was at the pinnacle of his career before he was deported. He tried to get a visa to America, but his requested was denied. The Soviet Union granted him citizenship, but too late--Hitler attacked the USSR before Schulhoff could obtain his visa. Had he not sent his works ahead to Russia, they would most likely have been lost to history.
d. 1944 Auschwitz
Pavel Haas is a composer you should have heard of, but unfortunately probably haven't. He began composing at 14 and wrote music encompassing a wide range of styles. By the time he was deported to Theresienstadt, in December 1941, performances of his works had been banned. While in Theresienstadt he composed some of his most notable works. In fact, the premiere of "Four Songs on Chinese Poetry" took place in Theresienstadt, performed by prisoners of the camp. Just after the Red Cross visited Theresienstadt, Haas was sent to Auschwitz, where he was almost immediately sent to the gas chambers.
d. 1945 Fürstengrube labor camp
Gideon Klein was a child prodigy who was on his way to becoming a modern Mozart. He studied at two universities simultaneously, the Prague Conservatory and Charles University, until the Nazis closed them. Then he won a place to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London but was forbidden to leave the country because he was Jewish. He was deported to Theresienstadt at the same time as Pavel Haas and the two were friends. Like Haas, Gideon Klein composed even while imprisoned. Just nine days after completing his String Trio, he was sent to Auschwitz, then on to Fürstengrube, where he died just after his 25th birthday.
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May 19, 2018 • Submerged — Music of South America
Alberto Ginastera: Danzas Argentines
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Trio for clarinet, oboe & bassoon
Mozart Camargo Guarnieri: Sonata #4 for violin & piano