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Performing the Jewish Archive: New Budapest Orpheum Society Cabaret and Philip & Christine Bohlman

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"Out of the Shadows: Performing the Jewish Archive"

Double billing with a free reception between performances


New Budapest Orpheum Society Cabaret

From Helsinki to Theresienstadt: Jewish Cabaret Songs from Europe and Beyond

The Grammy-nominated New Budapest Orpheum Society, an Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Chicago, under the artistic direction of Philip V. Bohlman, draws upon a wide range of repertories, many forgotten, others preserved in European archives, all poignantly bearing witness to the great tradition of Jewish cabaret. The NBOS will perform works from their repertoire and works recently rediscovered by Performing the Jewish Archive researchers. Join us for a reception following the performance. 

Philip and Christine Bohlman

Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke (The Chronicle of Love and Death of the Flag-Bearer Christoph Rilke)

Philip and Christine Bohlman perform a melodrama for speaker and piano, composed by Vikor Ullmann (1898-1944) in the Theresienstadt Ghetto. For his text, Ullmann chose the prose-poem by his fellow Czech, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), which circulated widely in the concentration camp at Theresienstadt/Terezin. The narrative of the melodrama follows a young man to war in Eastern Europe in the late seventeenth century, where he comes of age but perishes in one of the most profound love-death works in the twentieth century: an allegory in Ullmann's setting for World War II, the Holocaust, and musical modernism. Ullmann's final great work is virtually unknown, and it will be performed in the version reconstructed from the sketches Ullmann completed ten days before his deportation to Auschwitz in October 1944. A talk back will follow this event.

Audiences at this event will be filmed for research purposes. By attending this event, you consent to your being filmed as part of the audience and resulting footage, which will be used for a research study sponsored and conducted by the University of York, United Kingdom. This footage will remain confidential, and your image will not be published or identified. Please refer to the event/booking page and notices at the event for further information.     

Join us for other "Out of the Shadows" events...


Harlequin in the Ghetto 

Sunday May 1st - 7:30pm - Frederic March Play Circle

Students from Louisiana State University perform a new play based on a commedia dell'arte-inspired script written in the Theresienstadt Ghetto. 

Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture 

Monday May 2nd - 11:45am - University Club

Lambert Cylinders Talk with Henry Sapoznik & Lucheon 

 Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society

Monday May 2nd - 6:45pm - Unitarian Society Atrium Auditorium

European Jewish Composers in America - Pre-concert lecture by Dr. David Fligg discusses the impact that exile and emigration had on this evening's composers

Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society performs chamber music by three European Jewish composers, Schoenberg, Bloch, and Korngold, who emigrated to the U.S. and changed the course of American music.  

 Lieder and Piano Music by Wilhelm Grosz

Tuesday May 3rd - 2:30pm - First Congregational Church

American and World Premieres of vocal and piano music from the Viennese composer, Wilhelm Grosz. 

 Oy, how he sung!: Journeys in Jewish Choral Music

Tuesday May 3rd - 7:30pm - Mills Hall

 Mother Rachel and Her Children 

Wednesday May 4th - 8:00pm - Music Hall

Mother Rachel and Her Children is a commemorative oratorio in Yiddish about Jewish suffering and the Holocaust written in Helsinki in 1948. Performed by UW-Madison's choirs. 

 Gideon Klein: Portrait of a Composer

Thursday May 5th - 2:30pm - Hillel

with the Pro Arte Quartet

 Collage Concert

Thursday May 5th - 7:30pm - Capitol Theater

An all-star event featuring the Pro Arte Quartet, soprano Elizabeth Hagedorn, flutist Stephanie Jutt, pianist Zijin Yao, and members of the Madison Youth Choirs and Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, "Out of the Shadows" concludes with its Collage Concert featuring world premieres and fresh interpretations of music by Klein, Grosz, Feldschuh, and Wurzburger. 

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