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Kristallnacht Commemorative Concert

10 November 2019 | 6:30pm | Beth El Synagogue, 80 Webb Street, Wellington

Kristallnacht concert commemorates the night of broken glass – when Jewish synagogues, shops, and homes were attacked and destroyed in Germany 1938. This year, for the first time, the Kristallnacht commemorative concert will take place in the beautiful Beth El Synagogue.

We will remember the destruction by uniting in Wellington’s oldest house of Jewish prayer. Gathering in the synagogue – a house of worship – is also an act of defiance against the hatred and evil of 15 March. We will overcome hatred by standing together, b’yachad.

The programme for the evening is a moving and dynamic line up of performances featuring the music of dance and song, and including the award-winning Sixteen Strings Quartet, who won first prize in the NZCT National Chamber Music Contest. The programme includes cabaret and jazz music as well the NZ premiere of the Weinberg Piano Trio performed by Te Kōki Trio. The New Zealand String Quartet will be joined by Ruby Sully on the taonga puoro, playing Gareth Farr’s extraordinary He Poroporoaki, and Margaret Medlyn will sing the beautiful Marietta’s Song by Erich Korngold.

Kristallnacht Commemorative Concert 2019

Erwin Schulhoff Five Pieces for String Quartet: Viennese Waltz; Serenade; Czech folk music; Tango; Tarantella

Performed by Sixteen Strings

Mieczysław Weinberg Weinberg Trio

Performed by Te Kōkī trio

Gareth Farr He Poroporoaki ("A Farewell")

Performed by the New Zealand String Quartet and Ruby Solly (taonga puoro)

Erich Wolfgang Korngold Marietta’s Song, from Die Tote Stadt

Performed by Margaret Medlyn (voice), with the New Zealand String Quartet, and Jian Liu (piano)

Boris Pigovat Nigun

Performed by viola quartet of Xin Liu, Grant Baker, Donald Maurice and Sophia Acheson

A selection of Jazz and Cabaret works

Performed by David Barnard (piano), Barbara Graham (voice) and Ben van Leuven (clarinet)

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