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To build bridges? To renovate the built ones!
A historic event will take place on this year festival’s topic “Music and literature”! We honour the figure of Joseph Roth, one of the most important German-speaking authors of the XXth century, whose dramatic fate united Ukrainian, Austrian and Jewish histories and became the symbol of very strong relationships between Ukraine and Europe.
In 2019, we have an exceptional occasion to commemorate his double anniversary - 125 years of his birth and 80 years of his death - a really unique event. It’s the first time in the history of Ukraine and Austria when commemorative concert will take place in writer’s Galician Motherland, near the ruins of Brody Synagogue. This building, while being one of the biggest Jewish temples of Eastern Europe, was half-ruined during bombing of the Second World War. As a living witness to tragic events, it will be a real coulisse of unique artistic performance with modern staging, video installation and symbolic program, in which more than 200 artists and star soloists from the whole world will be engaged. Our special duty is to remind our contemporaries - “never again”!
Together with a great resonance in Ukrainian community international media (channels ARTE, WDR and DeutscheWelle) are also interested in the grandiose concert.
”Galicia, the big field of big war, is not rehabilitated yet”, Joseph Roth wrote in 1924. He was born in the Jewish family in Brody and felt the changeability and bitterness of Jewish life in Europe of that time. His life was in merciless millstones of totalitarianism: after going to USSR Roth was disappointed and wrote anti-communism articles, where he declared: communists were atheists and gave Nazis the way to power. In 1933, when Nazis came to power in Germany, Roth’s texts became prohibited and writer was also persecuted.
There is a work “Kyrie eleison” by modern Ukrainian composer Bohdana Froliak and a premiere of Abraham Brody’s work (violin-performance, USA), created specially for festival, in the concert program. Symphony No. 3 “Kaddish” by a prominent American composer, conductor and humanist Leonard Bernstein, son of Jewish emigrants who originated from place near Ukrainian city Rivne, will be a culmination of performance. Symphony No. 3 by Leonard Bernstein was written using the canonical texts from ancient Jewish prayers. It is an artist’s reaction to Holocaust and dedicated to the memory of John Kennedy who tragically died several weeks before the premiere of this work. This composition became the world symbol of Jewish nation’s fate and frank epistle to the next generations - “Never again!”.
The project is officially supported by Bundeskanzleramt Austria, Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, OeAD-Cooperation office Lviv and Ukrainian Institute in frames of Cultural year Austria-Ukraine 2019.
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