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May 2018

10 Thursday
On the Town
Konzert und Theater St. Gallen/Michael Brandstetter/Stéphane Fromageot
Theater, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Arias and Barcarolles
NOVUS NY/Julian Wachner
Trinity Wall Street, New York, NY, USA
Candide
Sydney Symphony Orchestra/ John Wilson
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
On the Town
Sydney Symphony Orchestra/ John Wilson
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront
Sydney Symphony Orchestra/ John Wilson
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
West Side Story
Sydney Symphony Orchestra/ John Wilson
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
01:00 pm
70th anniversary of the concert in Landsberg am Lech on May 10th 1948, conducted by Leonard Bernstein
Stadttheater Landsberg am Lech, Landsbegr am Lech, Bavaria, Germany

On 10th May 1948 the Orchestra, named “Orchestra Szeerit Hapleitah” (Orchestra of Last Survivors) in Landsberger DP camp gave a concert which was a symbolic and significant event, but not heard in the present. The concert was directed at the express wish of the young and aspiring Leonard Bernstein. This event simultaneously symbolizes a historical break: the end and beginning, desperation and hope, fight and spiritual resistance, all at the same time. In Landsberg Adolf Hitler had announced the extermination of the Jews during his fortress in the «Mein Kampf». In Landsberg am Lech, the Nazis had built the largest sub-camp complex in the final phase of the Third Reich. After 1945, also in Landsberg, one of the largest DP camps in the American zone had been erected. May 2018, marks the 70th anniversary of the concert along with establishment of the independent State of Israel (14th of May 1948). It is with this historical background we call upon young people to consider; the circumstances, moods, feelings, defeats, fighting, and also the rebellion as a framework in their compositions.