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Kristallnacht 80-Year Remembrance Concert

Kristallnacht 80-Year Remembrance Concert

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  • Thu 8 Nov ’18, 7:00pm – 9:30pm


Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $50.00

Kristallnacht - Concert of Hope.

This year’s concert is 1-night only of special Classical and Jazz music, featuring acclaimed international and NZ artists.

The theme for the 2018 concert for Kristallnacht (‘Night of Broken Glass’) is “Hope”. The concert is in remembrance of the mass arrest and murder by the Nazis in 1938 of Germany’s Jewish population, including the widespread destruction of Jewish businesses and synagogues.

The highlight of the concert will be the NZ premier performance of “Violins of Hope” by Israeli violin virtuoso, Tal First, and Inbal Megiddo of NZ’s School of Music; it is a composition by Israeli conductor and pianist, Ohad ben Ari.

Tal First is a rising international star and is currently at New York’s world-famous, Julliard School. Tal is a member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (conducted by maestro, Daniel Barenboim) and concertmaster of the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.

The “Violins of Hope” is deeply poignant and honours violins collected and restored by Israeli violin maker, Amnon Weinstein - violins that were played in the ghettos and concentration camps, or belonged to Holocaust victims. The work is a commission of the Berlin Philharmonic and has previously been performed by its members at a special memorial concert.

Other works to be performed include: Mahler's early Piano Quartet, Piano Trio by Hungarian composer Paul Hermann (who was arrested in France and deported to Eastern Europe), works by Dick Kattenburg (a Dutch Jewish composer who died in Auschwitz at 24), two movements from Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time (a work he composed while in a prisoner of war camp) and two songs by Kurt Weill.

The 2018 programme is distinctive and varied. This year’s concert embodies eternal hope and is dedicated to the memory of the Holocaust and the casualties of war.

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