News Release: Leon County Schools
Leon High School and ClassNotes, with support from the Leon County Foundation and the Leon High School Foundation, present Courage and Resilience; Music from the Holocaust, a one hour concert performed at Leon High School by the professional musicians of ClassNotes and the students of Leon High School, featuring songs and compositions written in the concentration camps and ghettos during the Second World War. ClassNotes, an innovative chamber music group of outstanding young artists, performs concerts exclusively in conjunction with school residencies that connect music and other subjects. Courage and Resilience; Music from the Holocaust culminates a one-week residency at Leon High School, in which ClassNotes’ artists work intensively with the history, chorus and orchestra classes, teaching about the role of music in the Holocaust.
Music had a huge presence in everyday life during the Holocaust, from its use by the Nazis as a method of torture and propaganda, to resistance fighters using songs as a clandestine way to deliver messages, to musicians prisoners performing concerts and writing new music in the camps. Ultimately for most it became a profound and necessary outlet to express emotions and preserve humanity in the face of extraordinary violence and discrimination. This residency explores the idea of music as a means of expression, communication, developing empathy and combating bullying.
Courage and Resilience; Music from the Holocaust
Saturday, May 3 at 2:00
Leon High School
550 E Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32308
Admission to the concert is free
Sharon Roffman, violin
Max Mandel, viola
Caitlin Sullivan, cello
Leon High Chorus
Leon High Orchestra
ClassNotes artists will perform compositions by Gideon Klein (1919-1945) and Hans Krasa (1899-1944.) Klein and Krasa were both Jewish Czech composers deported to the work camp of Theresienstadt. A “model camp” used in Nazi propaganda films, concerts were permitted and musicians were allowed to work, though the conditions were hardly ideal. More than 33,000 people died in Theresienstadt. Many others, like Klein and Krasa, were later sent to their deaths in Auschwitz. ClassNotes’ artists will perform two works that were written and performed in Theresienstadt. Leon High chorus will perform two works, Inscription of Hope by Z. Randall Stroope and choral selections from Schindler’s List by John Williams. Inscription of Hope is based on fragments of Jewish text found on a cellar wall in Cologne, Germany during World War II, believed to have been scrawled by a child hiding from the Nazis. Leon High Orchestra will perform three songs written by prisoners in the Buchenwald concentration camp and the Vilna ghetto. These songs express strength, courage, and resilience and prove that even in the face of the darkest evil, the human spirit can prevail.
Dance String Trio - Hans Krasa (1899-1944)
(Sharon Roffman, Max Mandel, Caitlin Sullivan)
Inscription of Hope - Z. Randall Stroope
Schindler’s List - John Williams
String Trio - Gideon Klein (1919-1945)
(Sharon Roffman, Max Mandel, Caitlin Sullivan)
Buchenwald Hymn - Fritz Beda-Lohner and Hermann Leopoldi
Youth Hymn - Shlomo Kacherginsky and Basya Rubin
Never Say - Hirsch Glik, and Dmitri Pakra
Founded in 2004 by violinist Sharon Roffman, ClassNotes is a non-profit organization committed to introducing public school students to classical music through interactive workshops and concerts. By presenting teaching musicians who are exemplary artists, articulate speakers, and charismatic personalities, ClassNotes seeks to inspire enthusiastic and engaged new listeners. More information can be found on www.classnotesinfo.org.
Violinist Sharon Roffman, prizewinner in the 2003 Naumburg Foundation International Competition, made her solo debut with the New Jersey Symphony in 1996. Since then, Ms. Roffman has forged a unique career distinguished by her versatility. Equally sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and music educator, Ms. Roffman made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins with Itzhak Perlman playing and conducting in 2004; she has performed all over the world as guest leader of Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Swedish Radio Symphony, principal 2nd of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, as well as a guest member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Roffman was a member of Orchestre National de France from 2009-2011. As a chamber musician, Ms. Roffman has collaborated with members of the Guarneri quartet, Juilliard Quartet, Brentano Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Avalon Quartet, and Miami Quartet among others, has been a frequent guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Meet the Music and Inside Chamber Music series, was a member of the critically acclaimed contemporary music ensemble counter-induction from 2007-2009, and spent several summers performing at the Marlboro Music Festival. Passionate about education, Ms. Roffman is the founder and artistic director of ClassNotes, a chamber music ensemble and non-profit organization dedicated to introducing public school students to classical music through interdisciplinary school residencies and performances. Ms. Roffman is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music; her former teachers include Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Peter Winograd, Robert Lipsett, Patinka Kopec and Nicole DiCecco.
Canadian violist Max Mandel is one of the most acclaimed and active chamber musicians of his generation. Comfortable in many styles and genres, his current group affiliations include the FLUX Quartet, The Knights, The Smithsonian Chamber Players, The Caramoor Virtuosi and ClassNotes. He has been Guest Principal of The Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Camerata Nordica, Camerata Bern and The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. He is also a frequent guest member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Mr. Mandel studied at the University of Toronto with Steven Dann and at the Juilliard School with Samuel Rhodes. He plays on a 1973 Giovanni Battista Morassi generously loaned to him by Lesley Robertson of the St. Lawrence Quartet. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Cellist Caitlin Sullivan enjoys a versatile career as an international performer and as an educator in New York City and beyond. Ms. Sullivan has performed in a broad range of ensembles including Ensemble ACJW, The Knights, IRIS Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Most recently, Ms. Sullivan participated in a 5-week residency in South Africa where she taught string students, performed chamber music with fellow Ensemble ACJW colleagues, and was a guest principal cellist of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. An advocate for music education, Ms. Sullivan has given presentations in public schools for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and The Academy, among others. Ms. Sullivan completed her fellowship with The Academy in 2009, where she was given the unique opportunity to perform chamber music regularly at Carnegie Hall during the 2007-2009 seasons. Ms. Sullivan attended the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School.