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Review: Krzyżowa-Music Symposia 2017

Cultural and contemporary history evening discussion as part of Krzyżowa-Music curated by Moritz von Bredow and Frank Harders-Wuthenow

The timeless topic of musicians in exile and musicians in resistance accompanied and enriched – us as in former years, 2015 and 2016, on two evenings during the festival. Seventy years after the Second World War we paid attention to musicians whose lives and their personal as well as artistic development could not be continued after 1933 in the hoped for direction.

Lectures on music history as well as author’s reading were the framework for discussions in presence of important contemporary witnesses. On both evenings 2017 the audience participated with lively contributions.

The symposiums were kindly enabled through the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.


Symposium "Musicians in Exile"
Curator: Moritz von Bredow
Tuesday, 15th August 2017, 7.30 pm
Krzyżowa-Campus, Manor House, free admission

Dr. Moritz v. Bredow and Musicologist Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rathert from Munich guided through an evening-discussion concerning musicians in exile during the National Socialist era. Shmuel Ashkenasi and Charles Neidich were invited as contemporary witnesses. Not only the impact of flight and expulsion on their lives were presented, but also their personal impact on the music scene in their guest countries was discussed and furthermore how their interpretive styles continued and developed.

Symposium "
Musicians in Resistance"
Curator: Frank Harders-Wuthenow
Tuesday, 22nd August 2017, 7.30 pm
Krzyżowa-Campus, Manor House, free admission

Andrzej Szpilman, son of pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman, a persecuted musician during the National Socialist era, read from his father’s touching autobiography in presence of his mother, Halina. The evening was moderated by Frank Harders-Wuthenow who also presented the exhibition “Music in occupied Poland, 1939 - 1945“ in Krzyżowa’s Manor House. The evening was framed by pieces for piano by Chopin and Szpilman performed by Julia Kociuban. The subject had been introduced the evening before by showing Roman Polanski’s greatly moving and impressive film, “The Pianist”.