'als ob…' ('As if...'): Music in Theresienstadt
This performance focuses on a piece composed and played in Theresienstadt which bears witness to the vitality of the rich, versatile musical life in the concentration camp: light, nostalgic tunes; jazz vocals from the New World; and contemplative, otherworldly melodies. The arias and piano and orchestral pieces which I Salonisti chose for 'als ob...' were adapted by various arrangers.
The aim of ''als ob...' is not to reawaken emotion, cast light into the depths of the human soul, or give a history lesson. It is simply about music which has been vastly important to humankind over the centuries. The performers consider themselves first and foremost participants and communicators.
'Als ob...', inspired by the novel Gerron by Charles Lewinsky, seeks to convey the message that making art can be indispensable to life and give it meaning.
Places & Dates
March 2015 PROGR Bern
June 16-17, Große Halle: Reitschule Bern – 3 shows primarily for middle school classes
June 21, Schloss Thun