Farmington Hills, MI, March 04, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus announced that it is hosting a presentation and live musical performance of the works of Viennese composer Richard Stöhr at 1 p.m. on Mar. 15.
Admission to “Vienna with a Twist: Songs, Sweets and Stories of Survival from the Pre-War Capital of Culture” at the Holocaust Memorial Center located at 28123 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills is $36 for an individual and $50 for a family and includes a full-year membership to museum. A reception featuring a pastry demonstration by Epicurean’s Executive Pastry Chef Paul Suriano and samples of Viennese pastries follows.
Lansing Symphony Orchestra Cellist Stefan Koch and Wayne State University Associate Professor of Piano and frequent Detroit Symphony Orchestra performer Robert Conway will perform Stöhr’s works. In between musical selections, Koch will tell the story of the Stöhrs, including their escape from the Nazis.
Stöhr taught at the Vienna Academy of Music from 1901 to 1938 (full professor from 1915) and was the author of half a dozen widely used textbooks on music theory, all the while composing in every major classical genre and having hundreds of performances of his works each year. In 1938, he was forced by the Nazis to resign from the Academy and to emigrate, leading to his arrival in the U.S. where he was able to obtain teaching positions at the Curtis Institute and, later, at the Vermont Conservatory then by St. Michael's College (near Burlington). During his half-century teaching career, his students included some of the biggest names in 20th Century classical music: Herbert von Karajan, Rudolf Serkin, Erich Leinsdorf, Artur Rodzinski, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein and Marlene Dietrich.
Attendees to “Vienna with a Twist” also will be treated to a short film about Stöhr’s sister Hedi and the Kindertransport, the mass evacuation of nearly 10,000 children in the nine months before the outbreak of war in Europe. A presentation on Vienna today from Eric Billes, who is from Vienna and part of a club of other Viennese Jews from that era, will follow.
This program is being made possible through the generous support of the PNC Foundation and Adrienne and Robert Z. Feldstein, Doris and Eric Billes, and Sylvia and Hans Weinmann. The Feldsteins, Billes and Weinmanns also are serving as member event chairs.
Members of the Holocaust Memorial Center receive a year of complimentary museum admission and library usage, a subscription to the museum’s newsletter, advance notice of special events/exhibitions and a 10 percent discount in the museum’s store.
Space is limited and RSVPs are required. To purchase tickets, or inquire about the Leadership Circle Brunch prior to the presentation, contact Ruth Stern at either 248-553-2400, ext. 119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Holocaust Memorial Center is open Sunday – Thursday from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (last admission at 3:30 p.m.); and Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (last admission at 1:30 p.m.). The museum is closed on Saturday and public holidays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students and $5 for children.
About the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus
The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus opened in 1984. Local Holocaust survivors, with community support, founded the museum to teach about the senseless murder of millions, and why everyone must respect and stand up for the rights of others if the world is to prevent future discrimination, hate crime and genocide. As Michigan’s only Holocaust museum, the Holocaust Memorial Center annually touches the lives of more than 85,000 individuals, who leave the museum profoundly affected with a newly acquired sense of history, social responsibility and morality. The Holocaust Memorial Center’s exhibits create a call to action, teaching visitors through the examples of those who risked their lives to save others, and asking its guests to react to contemporary challenges such as racism, intolerance, bullying and prejudice.
The facility is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available at both the North and South entrances.
For more information on the Holocaust Memorial Center, visit www.holocaustcenter.org, or call 248-553-2400.