From Berlin to Sydney: Jewish refugee musicians — in memoriam Werner Baer

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Dr Dümling is visiting Australia for the launch of the English translation of his book: The Vanished Musicians — Jewish Refugees in Australia, about the foreign origins of Australia's musical talent.

The book The Vanished Musicians — Jewish Refugees in Australia, published by Peter Lang, is the just-released English translation of the 2011 German book Die verschwundenen Musiker — Jüdische Flüchtlinge in Australien by Dr Albrecht Dümling, the respected Berlin musicologist and music critic. 

Join us for a lecture-recital, based on Albrecht Dümling’s new book, some of Baer’s music will be played, complemented by compositions of Boas Bischofswerder and George Dreyfus. The fates and experiences of Dreyfus and the jazz musician Sydney John Kay, who both also fled from Berlin to Australia, will be discussed, supplemented by anecdotes from George Dreyfus and John Kay’s son, Anthony—the panel will chaired by Professor Konrad Kwiet, Pratt Foundation Professor at the University of Sydney.

In his timely book, Dr Dümling describes people’s collision with events of more than three quarters of a century ago. With fewer witnesses left of those times, it is important these events are recorded. It is hard enough for most societies to learn from history, but it is virtually impossible if the past is not documented. Today, Australians enjoy an abundance of musical talent — individual, group, symphonic and operatic. How many appreciate its foreign origins, particularly of the classical genre and in ballet? In his book, Dr Dümling places Australia’s reputation for tolerance, fair-mindedness and multi-culturalism under a challenging magnifying glass. The resulting optic is eye-opening and an apt reminder of the adage ‘what goes around, comes around’. 

Music program:
Boas Bischofswerder: “Akawjo ben Mahalalel”, a musical setting with piano part by David Deutscher
George Dreyfus: Larino, safe haven for clarinet and piano
Felix Werder: A Little Piano Music
Werner Baer: Pam for clarinet and piano

Played by:
Daniel Herscovitch, Piano
Ben Adler, Violin
Oliver Shermacher, Clarinet

CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE BOOK ONLINE (available both in print and as an e-book)

August 21st, 2016 6:00 AM   through   5:30 PM

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