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‘Forbidden music’ concerts to highlight Kristallnacht programs

In commemoration of Kristallnacht, there will be two concert performances next month – one in Tampa and another in Sarasota – and a remembrance ceremony in St. Petersburg as well as a lecture and panel discussion in Sarasota.

All of these events are in remembrance of the “Night of Broken Glass,” when many Jewish synagogues, businesses and homes were destroyed and many Jews were beaten or killed in Nazi Germany and Austria on Nov. 9-10, 1938. The events are being held in partnership with the Florida Holocaust Museum, the Sarasota Opera House and the Straz Center.

Performances of “Forbidden Music – Works Banned by the Nazis,” will be presented to raise awareness of the Nazi campaign against “Entartete Kunst” (degenerate art). The concerts will be performed in at the Sarasota Opera House on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. and will be repeated in Ferguson Hall of the Straz Center in Tampa on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. Narration developed by the Florida Holocaust

Museum will tie the elements of the concert program together with themes of banned music and Nazi persecution of artists.

In the Nazi campaign of anti- Semitism, the music of Jewish composers was seen as inharmonious and morally and spiritually dangerous. Even some non-Jewish composers were maligned as “atonal noisemakers” because of their associations with Jewish composers and musicians. Composers who will be represented in the concerts include Mendelssohn, Gershwin, Weill, and Hans Krasa, who was murdered in Auschwitz.

To purchase concert tickets, call the Sarasota Opera at (941) 328- 1300 or the Straz Center at (813) 229-7827.

Lectures, panel discussions

Following the two concerts, the Holocaust Museum will hold its annual Kristallnacht Commemoration on Monday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the museum in downtown St. Petersburg.

Holocaust scholar Wendy Lower, Ph.D, will discuss her book Hitler’s

Furies, which examines Nazism’s brutal and murderous feminine side, after the community commemoration ceremony. This event is free and open to the public. Lower is a professor of history at Claremont McKenna College.

A free lecture “Anti-Semitism Past & Present” by Hava Holzhauer, Anti-Defamation League Florida regional director, will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Kamlet Library in the Sarasota Opera House Pavilion. Holzhauer will talk about anti- Semitism in Europe leading up to the Holocaust, comparing it with anti-Semitism today. The lecture is presented in partnership with the Sarasota Opera and the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

On Thursday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m., there will be a community conversation and panel discussion about contemporary anti-Semitism worldwide and locally. This discussion, also in the Sarasota Opera House Kamlet Library, is open to the public and will build on and respond to the Nov. 5 lecture.

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