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Rediscover the music and theatre of Jewish refugees
The music and theatre of Jewish refugees from the 1930s and 1940s is being rediscovered this August in[LINK=http://music.sydney.edu.au/research/special-research-events/shadows-rediscovering-jewish-music-theatre/]Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music and Theatre.[/LINK] The Sydney Conservatorium of Music and The Seymour Centre are partnering from 5 - 13 August to present this priceless event.
To get things started, the opening night gala will feature The Seven Deadly Sins by Bertolt Brecht and Kur Weill. It is being directed by Chryssy Tintner, herself a daughter of an Austrian refugee. The Goldner String Quartet will close the festival with rare vignettes and masterpieces.
The Seymour Centre will host two cabarets with scathing social commentary. The first is Prince Bettliegend which is a satirical fairytale written by prisoners. The second is The Merchant of Helsinki which was written in the 1920's during the Finnish depression.
Red Riding Hood is a children's opera and will be presented by the Sydney Children's Choir accompanied by the SSO Fellows Ensemble. It is full of catchy tunes and camp joy and will be loved by people of all ages.
International guest speakers will present keynote lectures which will address responsibility and truth-telling in the wake of genocide. There are also four lunch time concerts featuring compositions by Jewish refugees. These will take place in Verbrugghen Hall which is where many Jewish composers and musicians gave their first recitals in Sydney in the 1930s and 1940s.