October 5: Music of German-Jewish composers forgotten in history performed live at the JCJ

A thriving Jewish life existed in Europe prior to the Holocaust. Jewish artists—painters, composers, authors, actors, and musicians—contributed to society and shaped its image, even while repeatedly suffering antisemitism. The Holocaust brought the unique, highly respected German-Jewish culture to a sudden end. Today many of its well-known personalities have slipped into obscurity.

Friedrich Gernsheim (1839-1916), Karl Goldmark (1830-1915), and Salomon Jadassohn (1831-1902) were respected and admired composers of their time. Their works, which had been actively published and performed, today rest largely unknown in libraries and archives. But the greater part of the compositions are no longer able to be recovered; they remain destroyed and irreparably lost.

Anna Gann, soprano & Naoko Christ-Kato, piano, of the Gernsheim Duo would like to counteract this forgetting and to make a small part of the lost riches audible again.

Program excerpt
Friedrich Gernsheim: Prelude Op.2-1 piano solo
Salomon Jadassohn: Letter
Karl Goldmark: Sunday quiet Op. 18-1
Gideon Klein: Adagio (1943) piano solo
Maurice Ravel: Kaddisch

We are honored to have the Gernsheim Duo perform live at the JCJ. Read more about them here 

Date: October 5 (Thursday)
Time: 7pm
Venue: Jewish Community of Japan
Free of charge