Music of Another World: Szymon Laks
In honor of Holocaust Education Week 2016, the ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory) will present a concert with a focus on Szymon Laks' delightful music and feature a pre-concert talk about the life and music of this gifted composer from HEW 2016 Artist-in-Residence Simon Wynberg, ARC Ensemble Artist Director
The Grammy-nominated ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory) has rapidly become one of Canada's pre-eminent cultural ambassadors. Its members are senior faculty members of the Conservatory's Glenn Gould School and alumni with distinguished solo careers. The ARC Ensemble has performed in major venues throughout North America and Europe, and its recordings and performances are broadcast around the world. Recent highlights include concerts at the Budapest Spring Festival, New York's Lincoln Center Festival, the Stratford Festival and the Kennedy Center.
The ARC Ensemble has earned an international reputation for its exploration and recovery of a vast corpus of music lost or marginalized due to political suppression. Its “Music in Exile” series, dedicated to composers expelled by the Third Reich, has met with acclaim in Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Rome, Budapest, Toronto, New York and London, and a number of 20th century masterworks have rejoined the canon as a result of the ARC Ensemble's initiatives. Its sixth recording, to be released on Chandos in Spring 2017, is devoted to the music of the Polish/French composer Szymon Laks (1901-1983), who survived Auschwitz and Dachau and settled in Paris after the war.
ARC Ensemble: Marie Bérard & Erika Raum (violins), Steven Dann (viola), Winona Zelenka (cello), David Louie & Dianne Werner (pianos)
CD signing to follow the program.