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Resistance and revival
Can art and music transcend oppression? The idea was explored in a series of campus events and discussions in April.
Musicologist Mark Ludwig, a violist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Skidmore’s 2005–06 Sterne Virtuoso Artist-in-Residence, anchored the series with his Jacob Perlow Lecture, “A Search for Meaning Amidst the Holocaust: Music as Resistance.” The week also included the Skidmore Orchestra presenting the world premiere of music composed by Professor Anthony Holland as “a tribute to the indomitable human spirit.”
The series began with Terezín: Resistance and Revival, a video documentary on the Nazi exploitation of musicians and other artists at the Terezín (Theresienstadt) concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Their talents were used as propaganda to rebut accusations of a holocaust, but their works live on as both evidence and memorial. Skidmore choristers performed Thomas Oboe Lee’s “Flowers of Terezín,” and a panel discussion even included a survivor of Terezín who had sung in prisoner operas.
The series was presented by Skidmore’s music department, special programs, and chaplains’ offices. —AW, SR
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