Wed. Dec 7th, 2022

Subsequent week marks the 84th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Evening of Damaged Glass) in the course of the Holocaust, when the Nazis raided Jewish properties on Nov. 9-10, 1938 earlier than World Battle II.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews ‘Kristallnacht’ live performance (Half 1)

Subsequent week marks the 84th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Evening of Damaged Glass) in the course of the Holocaust, when the Nazis raided Jewish properties on Nov. 9-10, 1938 earlier than World Battle II.

“Beneath a pretext, the Nazi get together attacked and destroyed Jewish properties, hospitals and colleges,” Nationwide Chamber Ensemble Creative Director Leo Sushansky instructed WTOP. “They have been ransacked and demolished with sledgehammers. Kristallnacht comes from the phrase ‘crystal evening’ from all the glass shattered within the streets; 91 folks have been killed additionally.”

Echoes of that bigoted mindset are heard within the current rise of antisemitic rhetoric from American public figures, language that won’t go unchallenged by the humanities, from Ken Burns’ highly effective documentary “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” to native music occasions.



The Nationwide Chamber Ensemble is mourning Kristallnacht and celebrating the resiliency of the Jewish folks with a Saturday live performance at Gunston Arts Middle in Arlington, Virginia.

“It’s a tragic second in historical past and we’re marking that date, however we’re not going to completely concentrate on the tragedy,” Sushansky stated. “We’re going to recollect it, then we’re going to have a good time Jewish music and tradition that has develop into a part of mainstream American tradition.”

The set will function John Williams’ theme from “Schindler’s Listing,” in addition to Alexander Goldstein’s “Trio on the Roof” for violin, clarinet and piano based mostly on “Fiddler On the Roof.” You’ll additionally hear works by Ernest Bloch, George Gershwin, Roman Ryterband and extra.

Sushansky, a violinist, will carry out these works alongside piano virtuoso Carlos Cesar Rodriguez and acclaimed clarinetist Julian Milkis, the one pupil of Benny Goodman and Cantor Arianne Brown of Adas Israel Congregation. Daniel Heifetz will visitor host.

Sushansky grew up in New York Metropolis and studied at The Juilliard Faculty earlier than attending grad college on the College of Maryland in Faculty Park. He later turned live performance grasp of the Maryland Symphony and taught violin at Mary Washington Faculty, now the College of Mary Washington. He based the Nationwide Chamber Ensemble 16 years in the past.

“It’s been a tremendous 16 years,” Sushansky stated. “I don’t know the place the time went. We have been having an excessive amount of enjoyable to note … I wished to make concert events welcoming, enjoyable and fewer formal. That’s what we’ve been doing for 16 years … our first season included possibly 8 to 10 artists, however we’ve had over 50 or 60 artists which have carried out with us over time.”

This “Candy 16” season is dubbed a “Season of Cultural Expressions” with 5 concert events, together with this weekend’s Jewish celebration and a live performance of Christmas carols on Dec. 10.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews ‘Kristallnacht’ live performance (Half 2)

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