Light in the Time of Darkness

Source: Cianelli Studio

Source: Cianelli Studio

A Special Pre-Season Talk
Light in the Time of Darkness:
   The Other Music of Terezin

Tuesday October 1st
7pm at Temple Beth Shalom
205 East Barcelona Road
    with Steven Ovitsky
    Executive Director,
    Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Co-sponsored by the Santa Fe Opera Guild

This special pre-season talk provides an opportunity to learn more about the remarkable musical life created under harsh conditions by the composers and performers imprisoned at the Nazi concentration camp, Terezín. In “Light in the Time of Darkness: The Other Music of Terezín”, Steven Ovitsky will speak about some of the other musical luminaries such as Victor Ullman, Hans Krasa and Gideon Klein who were imprisoned in Terezin and whose music was part of the camp’s cultural life. Ovitsky will discuss how creativity flourished in a time of darkness, with illustrations through recordings, rare sketches and historical film. The talk is a companion to the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival’s season opener, Defiant Requiem on October 12th.

General admission for the talk is $10, with no charge for Opera Guild members.


About Steven Ovitsky

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STEVEN OVITSKY has been active in the world of Jewish Music since his university days when he conducted concerts of music by Salomone Rossi and was Ba’al Tokeah and choir director for the University of Michigan Hillel Foundation. Ovitsky is music director for the Hollywood Theatre of the Ear recording of Ansky’s “The Dybbuk” starring Theodore Bikel, Edward Asner and Carl Reiner which won an “Audie” award for best adaptation of a stage play for recording. He is also music director of the Hollywood Theatre of the Ear’s Audie Award winning recordings of “Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls” and “St. Joan”.

Since 2004 Ovitsky has been Executive Director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. His career in music administration includes positions as President and Executive Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Vice President and General Manager of the Minnesota Orchestra, and Director of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago.