Ziering Institute Presents "Celebrating Sutzkever" Symposium, January 9, 2011
Academic Conference and Concerts at American Jewish University's Gindi Auditorium
LOS ANGELES - The Sigi Ziering Institute at American Jewish University presents a free event celebrating the work of the late Yiddish poet, Avraham Sutzkever on Sunday, January 9 at 2:30 p.m., in the University's Gindi Auditorium. Prominent Sutzkever scholar Professor Ruth Wisse (Harvard) will give the keynote lecture and be joined by visiting composers from Lithuania (Anatolijus Senderovas) and Germany (Gilead Mishory) in a roundtable discussion, moderated by Sutzkever scholar Professor Justin Cammy (Smith College). An evening concert will feature chamber music and art songs by Senderovas and Mishory, performed by the composers and UCLA Artist Faculty members Movses Pogossian (violin), Antonio Lysy (cello) and Neal Stulberg (piano), among others. A newly commissioned work for soprano and chamber ensemble, on poems of Sutzkever, by UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music composition chair, David Lefkowitz, will receive its world premiere at the event, with soprano soloist Arianne Brown. A family concert will feature a collaboration between the combined youth choirs from Valley Beth Shalom and New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) and the modern dance ensemble from NCJHS, in songs of the Vilna Ghetto, where Sutzkever was imprisoned during the war. For reservations, call Oren Saig at (310) 440-1279. Dinner will be available for $10 per person, but must be ordered by Sunday, January 2 at the above telephone number.
Frequently praised as the greatest Yiddish poet of the twentieth century, Sutzkever wrote before, during and following his internment in the Vilna Ghetto. He was the impetus for the group of poets, writers and artists who came to be known as Yung Vilne ("Young Vilnius"). After joining the partisans and fleeing to the forest for survival, Sutzkever testified at the Nuremberg Trials. Video footage of Sutzkever's testimony will be exhibited at the January 9 event. The poet emigrated to Israel one year before statehood, where he remained until his death in January, 2010 at the age of 96.
Celebrating Sutzkever is presented and sponsored by the Sigi Ziering Institute, (Michael Berenbaum, Director), and is produced by Neal Brostoff. The event is made possible by additional sponsorship from the Herb Alpert School of Music and Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music at UCLA, the Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA, Valley Beth Shalom, and the Consulates General of Israel and Germany in Los Angeles, in addition to private contributions. A preview of the event, "Remembering Sutzkever" will take place at Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue in Encino on Friday evening, January 7, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. For further information, call (818) 788-6000 or see www.vbs.org.
American Jewish University, an acclaimed institution of learning, leadership and ethics, is located at 15600 Mulholland Dr. in Bel Air in the Sepulveda Pass, east of the Mulholland/Skirball Center Drive exit of the 405 Freeway. Parking is free. For more information about this event or American Jewish University, call (310) 440-1279.
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