Monthly Archives: November 2010

Concert: Chamber Music of Barber, Britten and Brahms

Composer Robert Schumann

The Phoenix Chamber Ensemble will perform works by Barber, Britten and Brahms.

Leo Baeck Medal for Kurt Masur

Maestro Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, presented the Leo Baeck medal to Maestro Masur.

German conductor Kurt Masur accepted the Leo Baeck Medal on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. Maestro Masur is one of the most widely acclaimed musicians of his generation and played a key role in the peaceful revolution that toppled the East German regime in 1989.

Emigre Musicians and Composers in LBI Collections

Score to "J’Accuse" by Otto Klemperer, 1933, with corrections by the composer

As LBI presented the 2010 Leo Baeck Medal to Maestro Kurt Masur, who left such an enduring imprint on cultural and political life in both Leipzig and New York, it was fitting to shine a light on the generation of German and Austrian musicians before him that blazed a parallel trail across the Atlantic and transformed musical culture in America.

Film: Adventures in Listening with Maestro Kurt Masur

2009, Canada-Brazil-Germany, 56 minutes English and German with English subtitles

Monday, November 22, 2010, 6:30 PM – Conductor Kurt Masur, who accepted the Leo Baeck Medal on November 9, and the film’s Director Amit Breuer will attend the screening.

Lecture by Author Michael Goldfarb: How the Emancipation of Jews Led to Revolution and Renaissance

Author Michael Goldfarb

Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 6:30 PM – Michael Goldfarb was the London-based voice of National Public Radio for almost twenty years when he became interested in the struggle of immigrants and minorities to succeed in a new country. His new book reflects the journey of European Jews as they became increasingly integrated into European society.

German and Austrian Émigré Musicians

Bruno Walter, Conductor, 1876 - 1962

As Leo Baeck Institute honors Maestro Kurt Masur, who left such an enduring imprint on cultural and political life in both Leipzig and New York, we present a selection of documents from LBI Archives related to émigré composers and musicians who also shaped musical culture on both sides of the Atlantic a generation before him.

LBI Acquires Significant Collection of Books Designed by Artist George Salter

George Salter's cover for the German edition of "The 42nd Parallel" by John Dos Passos

LBI has acquired an extensive collection of about 200 books with covers designed by George Salter, who helped define the art of book design during a career that spanned from the 1930′s through the 1960′s in Berlin and New York.