Open Secret: The Jewish Sound in Soviet Music (Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series)


Sunday, May 4, 2014 | 3pm
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Concert & Lecture

Before World War II, the Soviet Union was the only country in the world to officially promote Jewish music. After World War II, Soviet authorities declared that Jewish music did not exist. Yet all along, major Soviet composers such as Dmitri Shostakovich, Miecyzslaw Weinberg, and Mikhail Gnesin found deep inspiration in the sounds of Ashkenazi Jewish folk music. How did these composers manage to weave Jewish themes into some of the most stirring music of postwar Soviet society? How did they personally navigate the ongoing strictures of artistic censorship and the periodic cycles of antisemitic repression? In this YIVO event, Professor James Loeffler, Yuval Waldman and the young artists of the Krum Concert Series explored these questions through a unique pairing of music and words.

The Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series is made possible by a generous gift from the Estate of Sidney Krum. Additional support provided by the Jewish Community Youth Foundation of Princeton, NJ.



Welcoming Remarks, Jonathan Brent, YIVO Executive Director

Lecture, Professor James Loeffler

Trio for piano, violin and cello, op. 63
(Dedicated to the memory of our lost children)
Mikhail Gnessin (1947)
—Eric Clark, piano
—Artur Kaganovskiy, violin
—Jennie Brent, cello

Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes for violin and piano, op. 47/3
Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1949-1952)
—Artur Kaganovskiy, violin
—Eric Clark, piano


String quartet No. 8, op. 110
(In Memory of the Victims of Fascism and War)
Dmitriy Shostakovich (1960)
—Yuval Waldman, violin 1
—Artur Kaganovskiy, violin 2
—Eszter Szilveszter, viola
—Valeriya Sholokhova, cello


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