CONCERT DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF JOSEPH ROTH
Location:Synagogue Ruins Brody, Lviv Region
Austrian Cultural Forum Kyiv
OeAD Cooperation Office Lviv
The Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria
Federal Chancellary of Austria
КОНЦЕРТ ПАМ’ЯТІ ЙОЗЕФА РОТА
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»!
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!».