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Festival Closing Concert

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Newcastle University Kings Hall

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Amstrong Buiding

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE1 8QB

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A most inspiring event from our series dedicated to inspirational women, with an exciting programme of wonderful female composers.

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Artists: Katya Apekisheva, Jack Liebeck, Gemma Rosefield, Alexandra Raikhlina, Rosalind Ventris.

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

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Henriette Bosmans: Nuit Calme for cello and piano

Dora Pejačević: Piano Quintet

Natalie Klouda: Piano Quintet (Special Commission)

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.

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Newcastle University Kings Hall

Kings Hall

Amstrong Buiding

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE1 8QB

United Kingdom

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Organiser Brundibár Arts Festival

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Brundibár Arts Festival is an annual festival dedicated to the music and arts of the Holocaust. Every year, the Festival plays an integral part in Newcastle City Council Holocaust Memorial Day Programme, creating events across Newcastle and Gateshead; to include concerts, exhibitions, theatre, cinema and an extensive education outreach programme.
The Festival takes place in venues ranging from local hidden gems to international concert halls and offers a performance platform to young artists, local talents as well as internationally acclaimed soloists.
The Festival is named after Hans Krása's opera "Brundibár" (meaning bumblebee) written in 1938 and performed 55 times by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp. Our Festival is named after the Opera as a lasting  tribute the children of Theresienstadt.

The Festival brings people together to appriciate music and drama and aims to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of the arts within the context of remembering the victims of the Holocaust in positive and aspirational ways. It also provides a platform upon which to give exposure to relatively unknown, yet wonderful music which was either written during the Holocaust or has a connection to it.

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