Music of Theresienstadt in Hartford

Music of Theresienstadt
Anne Sofie von Otter
Anne Sofie von Otter at Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford
Sunday, April 26, 2009

On Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 7:30pm, the Woodland Concert Series will be presenting an important musical and cultural offering to the Hartford area. Featured will be mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter in a program of music composed by Jewish composers during their imprisonment at Theresienstadt, a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. She is being assisted in this concert by the noted violinist Daniel Hope, and by her regular accompanist, Bengt Forsberg.

Tickets are $30 general admission, $20 for seniors or students and $40 for preferred seating. While tickets may be available at the door, we strongly suggest they be purchased in advance by contacting the Woodland Concert Series at 860-527-8121 or by going to their website: Immanuel Congregational Church is handicapped accessible. The Church is located at the corner of Farmington Avenue and Woodland Street in Hartford, and there is plenty of free parking close by.

Theresienstadt was the notorious “model” concentration camp that was located north of Prague. There, the Nazis allowed musicians, artists and intellectuals to “flourish,” which indeed they did, despite malnutrition and appalling conditions, and despite the daily dispatch of many of their numbers to their deaths at Auschwitz and other concentration camps.

Anne Sofie von Otter is considered one of the finest singers of her generation and is sought after by many of the major conductors, orchestras, opera and recording companies of the world. Born in Sweden, her international career has now spanned more than two decades. She has scored many successes on the great operatic stages of Europe and the United States. An equally busy concert career has taken Anne Sofie von Otter regularly to the major halls of Europe and North America.
This concert is presenting artists who usually perform in large halls. In fact, a week after this concert, Ms. von Otter will be singing this program at Carnegie Hall. A significant feature of this concert in Hartford is that the audience will hear and see these acclaimed musicians in a room (Immanuel Congregational Church) with wonderful acoustics and an intimacy lacking in larger halls.

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