News Release: Arts and Humanities, Events

Sep. 12,  2010

Holocaust Music, Photographs Presented at Emory This Month

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A debut of music written in Nazi concentration camps and a collection of personal photographs brought as keepsakes by Jewish deportees to those camps are part of a program at Emory University this month titled "Testaments of the Heart," a celebration of the resilience of the human spirit.

Photography Exhibit

Noted author and Holocaust scholar Ann Weiss will present a campus-wide exhibition of photographs from her internationally acclaimed book, "The Last Album: Eyes from the Ashes of Auschwitz-Birkenau," from Sept. 15–Nov. 12, 2010.

Titled "Testaments of the Heart: Photographs from the Ashes of Auschwitz-Birkenau," the selection of more than 100 photographs from "The Last Album" will be shown in five locations at Emory–the Visual Arts Gallery, Center for Ethics, School of Medicine, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, and Cannon Chapel.

Opening Reception

All the venues will host an opening reception from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, with a gallery talk and book signing by Weiss at the Visual Arts Gallery from 5-6 p.m. and special multi-media presentation by Weiss at 7 p.m. at the Center for Ethics. A map of all of the exhibition locations is available at www.visualarts.emory.edu. All events for the exhibition are free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

Concert

A concert of music written in Nazi camps, compiled by renowned musician, composer and musicologist Francesco Lotoro, will have its international debut at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at Emory's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Scribbled in notebooks, diaries and even on pieces of lavatory paper, the collection provides a remarkable history of the music played and sung by the victims of the Holocaust.

Musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Georgia State University Orchestra and Emory's Department of Music will come together to perform a selection of diverse musical pieces, from cabaret to classical, interspersed with visual imagery from Ann Weiss' book, "The Last Album," accompanied by stories and commentary from Weiss. Lotoro also will be present to provide a historical context and to perform a composition written for the organ.

The concert, presented in partnership with Mythic Imagination Institute, will be held at the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center, 1700 North Decatur Rd. Free tickets (limit 4) may be obtained in person or by calling the Arts at Emory Box Office at 404.727.5050. The box office is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more directions, parking and updates, visit www.arts.emory.edu

About "Testaments of the Heart"

"Testaments of the Heart" is a series of visual art, music, and multi-media programs and lectures that seek to supplement the images and stories of brutality and death that are typically associated with the Holocaust with evidence of the humanity, creativity and faith of its victims.

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