Kristallnacht Commemorative Concert

Kristallnacht Commemorative Concert

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Event type: Exhibitions and Performances

10 November 2019 from 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm 10 Nov 2019 7:00 pm 10 Nov 2019 9:00 pm

Beth El Synagogue, Wellington

Presented by the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand in partnership with Te Kōki, the New Zealand School of Music—Victoria University of Wellington.

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Join us for a unique performance of classical music featuring New Zealand acclaimed artists.

Kristallnacht concert commemorates the night of broken glass – when Jewish synagogues, shops, and homes were attacked and destroyed in Germany 1938. This year, for the first time, the Kristallnacht commemorative concert will take place in the beautiful Beth El Synagogue.

We will remember the destruction by uniting in Wellington’s oldest house of Jewish prayer. Gathering in the synagogue – a house of worship – is also an act of defiance against the hatred and evil of 15 March. We will overcome hatred by standing together, b’yachad.

The programme for the evening is a moving and dynamic line up of performances featuring the music of dance and song, and including the award-winning Sixteen Strings Quartet, who won first prize in the NZCT National Chamber Music Contest. The programme includes cabaret and jazz music as well the NZ premiere of the Weinberg Piano Trio performed by Te Kōki Trio. The New Zealand String Quartet will be joined by Ruby Sully on the taonga puoro, playing Gareth Farr’s extraordinary He Poroporoaki, and Margaret Medlyn will sing the beautiful Marietta’s Song by Erich Korngold.

Doors open at 6:30pm

Tickets: $40 general admission | $35 concession

Light food is included in the ticket price, as well as an interactive exhibition.

Full programme

Erwin Schulhoff (Czech Republic – 1894 - 1942)  
Five Pieces for String Quartet: Viennese Waltz; Serenade; Czech folk music; Tango; Tarantella. Performed by Sixteen Strings (Toloa Faraimo , violin, Shanita Sungsuwan, violin, Peter Gjelsten, viola, and Emma Ravens, cello)

Mieczysław Weinberg (Poland/Russia, 1919 – 1996)
Weinberg Trio: Performed by Te Kōkī trio (Martin Riseley, violin, Inbal Megiddo, cello, and Jian Liu, piano)

Gareth Farr (Aotearoa New Zealand, 1968 - )
He Poroporoaki ("A Farewell")
Performed by the New Zealand String Quartet (Helene Pohl, violin, Monique Lapins, violin, Gillian Ansell, viola, and Rolf Gjelsten, cello), and Ruby Solly (taonga puoro)


Erich Wolfgang Korngold (Austria, 1897 – 1957)
Marietta’s Song, from Die Tote Stadt
Performed by Margaret Medlyn (voice), with the New Zealand String Quartet (Helene Pohl, violin, Monique Lapins, violin, Gillian Ansell, viola, and Rolf Gjelsten, cello), and Jian Liu (piano)

Boris Pigovat (Israel, 1953 - )
Performed by viola quartet of Xin Liu, Grant Baker, Donald Maurice and Sophia Acheson.

A selection of Jazz and Cabaret works
Performed by Mark Donlon (piano) and Lauren Nottingham (voice)