The Lost Rhapsody: A Musical Legacy
Offsite Partner Event at the JCC Berman Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, October 15 at 3:00 pm
This uplifting World Premiere event begins with a screening of David Hoffert’s acclaimed documentary film, The Rhapsody, about composer and Holocaust survivor Leo Spellman who, at the age of 98, set out on a riveting and emotional journey towards artistic liberation. Immediately following the film will be a live performance of Leo Spellman’s 24-minute symphonic masterpiece, “Rhapsody 1939-1945.”
The event will include a pre-talk at 2:15 featuring Amy Simon, William and Audrey Farber Family Endowed Chair in Holocaust Studies and European Jewish History, MSU’s Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel, James Madison College, and Department of History.
The program concludes with a talkback with the film’s producers, Paul and Brenda Hoffert, moderated by Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld, CEO of The Zekelman Holocaust Center.
This remarkable program is made possible through a “Making Music Happen” grant from The Center for Arts and Culture at JCC Association, in collaboration with The J’s SAJE Program, Michael & Elaine Serling and The MSU Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel, the Belle S. Harris and Julius N. Harris Endowed Distinguished Visiting Artists Fund in the College of Music at MSU, and The Zekelman Holocaust Center.
The Berman is located at The J, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield. Tickets are $18 each. For more information please call (248) 406-6677.
Creating Shanghai Sonatas
Offsite Partner Event at the Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 pm
A multimedia musical evening telling the story of the Jewish refugees who came to Shanghai to escape the Holocaust and how they bonded with the Chinese
people through a shared love of classical music.
Join violinist and composer Sean Gao for this special musical performance featuring the 6-WIRE ensemble and renowned guest artists from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance: Faculty Violinists Aaron Berofsky & Kathryn Votapek; Student Cellist Yun Han and Student Violinist Tianyu Liu.
This is a free community event generously sponsored by the Louis C. and Edith Blumberg Foundation in memory of Alene and Graham Landau (z”l).
Congregation Shaarey Zedek is located at 27375 Bell Rd, Southfield, MI 48034. For more information please call (248) 357-5544.