January 29, 2020

Concert Marks Anniversary Of Auschwitz Liberation

Gregory Feldmann

A concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, featuring banned music of the Third Reich, will be held Sunday, February 16, 2:30 p.m., at a private residence in Princeton.  Hosted by Princeton Adult School (PAS), the concert is being in advance of a performance of the program on February 27 at Weill Recital Hall, in New York’s Carnegie Hall.

“Degenerate Music/Entartete Musik”  is a concert, conversation, and reception with vocalist Gregory Feldmann and pianist Nathaniel LaNasa, both of whom will be making their Carnegie Hall debut this spring. The Princeton event was arranged through the connections of PAS board member Alta Malberg, herself a singer. She is president of Joy of Singing, whose mission is to promote knowledge and love of classical song literature, as well as an appreciation of the performers and composers of classical song. She became familiar with the Feldmann/LaNasa team at the Joy in Singing’s 2019 International Art Song Competition.

“Degenerate Music” is a reimagining of the “Entartete Musik” concert given by the Nazi regime in 1938 to denigrate the artists deemed unacceptable to the Third Reich. Feldmann and LaNasa revive the songs of the composers whose works were banned — Pavel Hass, Viktor Ullman (both died in concentration camps), Franz Schreker, Alexaner Zemlinsky, and Erich Korngold. Also to be discussed are the scathing critiques of contemporary society by Kurt Weill.

To get further information and tickets, which are $70, visit www.princetonadultschool.org or call (609) 683-1101.