Rabbi Joachim Prinz (1902-1988) and Composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950) were both German Jewish émigrés who fled Nazi Germany and came to America to reestablish their lives and careers. Their experiences in Europe informed their professional work and galvanized them to fight injustice and champion civil rights. This symposium will put the lives and works of the two men in conversation with one another by examining a shared historical foundation for social justice and delving into their specific contributions on the world stage. The symposium will be followed by a concert in Royce Hall with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performing a suite by Kurt Weill and the west coast premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s violin concerto inspired by the life of Joachim Prinz and his friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr.
This Symposium is part of a larger, month-long festival presented by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra called “Lift Every Voice,” bringing cultural and civic partners, community leaders and audience members in Los Angeles together around the festival’s theme: speaking out on behalf of the Other and fighting injustice and oppression.
The purpose of the Symposium at UCLA is to anchor the festival’s themes historically and culturally. The day will be split into two parts: the first will provide the historical framework, exploring Berlin and the German-Jewish cultural milieu before WWII, and the second will focus on social justice and civil rights activism after Prinz and Weill come to the US. The Symposium will culminate in a LACO performance at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
Sponsored by The:
UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies
UCLA Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
CoSponsored by The:
UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
UCLA Department of Musicology
UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology
UCLA Department of History
Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA
UCLA Department of Germanic Languages
USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research
Hillel at UCLA
Funding Provided in part by The:
Kurt Weill Foundation
Natalie Limonick Endowment in Jewish Civilization in Memory of Miriam Nissell Rose
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310-825-2101 and http://cap.ucla.edu/get_tickets/