Sunday, May 19, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Join us for a concert celebrating the centennial of prolific Polish-Jewish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg. The program will feature Weinberg’s “24 Preludes for Solo Cello” performed by Yosif Feigelson and Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” with pianist Ilya Yakushev.
Born in Warsaw in 1919, Weinberg entered the Warsaw Conservatory to study piano, and graduated in 1939. He composed his first string quartet and berceuse for piano before fleeing to the Soviet Union by foot at the outbreak of World War II. His parents and sister stayed behind and died in the Trawniki concentration camp. Soviet agents assassinated Weinberg’s father-in-law and arrested the composer for “Jewish bourgeois nationalism,” but he was saved by the death of Joseph Stalin. Weinberg’s legacy includes 22 symphonies, 17 string quartets, ballets, operas, and an enormous volume of instrumental and vocal music, including for movies and theater. Living in the shadow of his friend and mentor Dmitri Shostakovich, he received little attention, especially outside of Russia, but has recently received wide attention in the West.
Admission is free for Stephen Wise Free Synagogue members. Tickets cost $30 in advance here and $40 at the door. Tickets for students and seniors are $20 in advance or at the door, and children under 15 will be admitted free of charge. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
This concert is a cooperation between Stephen Wise Free Synagogue and Improvis Productions, an independent presenter. It is made possible in part by a generous gift from Elias Charitable Foundation.