Published November 2, 2017, updated November 5, 2018.
Written by Daniela
Jan Evertsenstraat 4, 1057 Amsterdam, Nederland.
Salon de IJzerstaven,
Bickersgracht 10, 1013 LE Amsterdam, Netherlands.
This Zwarte Avonden program was devised by Tyrone Landau as part of the Bergen Nasjonale Opera, Unge Stemmer program, Edvard Grieg Kor and Edvard Grieg Ungdomskor. Landau has a strong connection with both Bergen Nasjonale Opera and Edvard Grieg Kor in Bergen, Norway. The concerts are sponsored by Edvard Grieg Kor and Bergen Nasjonale Opera.
Amidst the horror of the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam, was the attempt to eradicate the flourishing Jewish cultural contribution to the city. Jewish musicians, and their music, were banned from public performance. Zwarte Avonden were secretive, clandestine performances, where Jewish musicians could express their musical heritage. Of course, many Jewish musicians were themselves eradicated in the holocaust, and their music discarded on the streets as they were transported away.
Once again, the extraordinary music of the Jewish composers of Amsterdam is being rediscovered, and we are delighted to present this performance of vocal music of five composers, ranging from the ebullience of pre-war musicality, the distress of occupation, to the exultation of liberation.
Soprano – Elizaveta Agrafenina
Tenor – Tyrone Landau
Piano – Stephen Higgins
Mezzo Soprano – Sára Gutvill
Piano – Jaap Kooi