Terezín Music Foundation Virtual Gala Concert
On November 9, Garrick Ohlsson participates in “I Am Thinking of When We Will Meet Again”, a free concert from Boston’s Terezín Music Foundation. It premieres at 7:30 PM on the Terezín Music Foundation’s YouTube channel.
Garrick Ohlsson opens for the 64th U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and other renowned artists and speakers come together in an hour-and-a-half program of newly recorded classical, contemporary, jazz, and Gospel music combined with reflections on art, unity, and hope.
A highlight is Mr. Ohlsson’s new performance of Beethoven’s “Appassionata” Sonata, a piece, he says, that “is about rage and bewilderment and confusion and passion, an accompaniment to the emotions… intensified by this awful time.” Additional works underscore the theme, among them “A Sleepless Night” by Pavel Haas (composed in the Terezín concentration camp in 1943) and the world premiere of “In Search of Home” by Milad Yousufi, an Afghan composer seeking asylum in the U.S. Dr. Madeleine Albright shares powerful words about democracy as she accepts the 2020 Terezín Legacy Award alongside Holocaust survivor and scholar Dr. Anna Ornstein, who calls for empathy and remembrance. Performing artists also include tenor Francis Rogers, saxophonist Philipp A. Stäudlin, pianist Yoko Hagino, Coro Allegro (Boston’s LGBTQ+ and allied classical chorus), The Boston Community Gospel Choir, and members of Brookline High School’s Camerata Chorus. We also hear briefly from civil rights activist Khizr Khan as well as Brookings Senior Fellow and former ambassador Norman L. Eisen.
View the trailer here.