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Kristallnacht Concert of Remembrance

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This year's annual Kristallnacht Concert of Remembrance is on Thursday the 9th of November, 7pm, at the St James Theatre - First Floor Gallery. This will be an event not to be missed and is also our annual fundraiser. Join us. Tickets to the event can be purchased here.


This will be an evening of Chamber Music hosted by Inbal Megiddo & Donald Maurice, with performances by members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand School of Music and the Druzýa Quartet (Overall Winners of the NZCT Chamber Music 2017 contest,the longest running chamber music competition for secondary students in New Zealand).

Inbal and Donald have organised an excellent selection of music written in ghettos, concentration camps and post-war. Pieces include the Ballad of Mauthausen and a Jazz tribute to Coco Schumann, one of the founding members of the Ghetto Swingers jazz group formed within Theresienstadt concentration camp. Several of the pieces performed will be New Zealand premieres.


This concert is held in remembrance of Kristallnacht, November 9 and 10, 1938.


Kristallnacht, literally, "Night of Crystal," often referred to as the "Night of Broken Glass", referring to the broken glass from the windows of almost 300 synagogues, almost 8000 Jewish-owned businesses and Jewish homes, which were set alight, plundered and destroyed during the wave of State sanctioned violent anti-Jewish pogroms. This violent destruction took place throughout the late evening and early morning hours of November 9 and 10, 1938, across Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia. During Kristallnacht, almost 100 Jews were murdered and 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to prisons and concentration camps.


Kristallnacht, the beginning of the Holocaust – Lest we forget.

The program for the evening is as follows

Weinberg Trio Op. 24, I. Präludium and Arie, Larghetto, II. Toccata, Allegro marcato.

                 Performed by Amalia Hall (violin); Inbal Megiddo (cello); Jian Liu (piano)

Andre Tchaikovsky, Inventions. Performed by Gabriela Glapska (piano).

Shostakovich Quartet No. 8 - a work dedicated to 'the victims of fascism and war'. Performed by the Druz’ya Quartet, winners of the National Chamber Music New Zealand Contest. Lukas Baker (violin); Andy Yu (violin): Lauren Jack (viola); Milo Benn (cello).

Schulhoff duo. Performed by Yury Gezentsvey (violin) and Inbal Megiddo (cello).

Laitman duo, Holocaust 1944.  Performed by James Clayton (baritone) and Paul Altomari (double bass).

Ballad of Mauthausen. Performed by Briar Prastiti (voice); Jane Curry (guitar); Donald Maurice (viola d’amore); Inbal Megiddo (cello). Ballad of Mauthausen is one of the most widely performed works on the Holocaust, by popular Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis        

Jazz tribute to Coco Schumann. Performed by Mark Donlon (piano) and Lauren Nottingham (voice).  Coco Schumann, known as Germany’s most famous swing guitarist, was a founding member of the Ghetto Swingers, the jazz group formed in Theresienstadt concentration camp.




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