CONCERT TO JOSEPH ROTH
Location:Brody, Lviv Region, Synagogue Ruins
Austrian Cultural Forum Kyiv
OeAD Cooperation Office Lviv
Austrian Embassy Kyiv
The Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria
Federal Chancellary of Austria
International Festival LvivMozArt 2019 honours the figure of Joseph Roth with a historic event - a grand memorial concert to the double anniversary (125 years after birth and 80 years after the death) of the writer. Joseph Roth is one of the most important German-speaking authors of the twentieth century, whose dramatic fate combined Ukrainian, Austrian and Jewish histories and became a symbol of Ukraine's inextricable ties with Europe.
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”!
Together with a great resonance in Ukrainian community international media (channels ARTE, WDR and DeutscheWelle) are also interested in the grandiose concert.
”Galicia, the big field of big war, is not rehabilitated yet”, Joseph Roth wrote in 1924. He was born in the Jewish family in Brody and felt the changeability and bitterness of Jewish life in Europe of that time. His life was in merciless millstones of totalitarianism: after going to USSR Roth was disappointed and wrote anti-communism articles, where he declared: communists were atheists and gave Nazis the way to power. In 1933, when Nazis came to power in Germany, Roth’s texts became prohibited and writer was also persecuted.
There is a work “Kyrie eleison” by modern Ukrainian composer Bohdana Froliak and a premiere of Abraham Brody’s work (violin-performance, USA), created especially 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!”.
The project is officially supported by Bundeskanzleramt Austria, Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, OeAD-Cooperation office Lviv and Ukrainian Institute in frames of Cultural year Austria-Ukraine 2019.
The LvivMozArt Festival was founded in 2017 on the initiative of well-known Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv in Lviv. The idea of the festival was inspired by the personality of Franz Xaver Mozart, the son of the brilliant Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a renowned conductor and composer who lived and created over 30 years of his life in the capital of Galicia, Lviv, and transformed it into one of the most important cultural metropolises of its time.
Inspired by F.X.Mozart, the festival today creates a new history of music culture, new concepts and builds new international cultural bridges.
Oksana Lyniv – Chief Conductor Opera Graz, Founder and Art Director of the LvivMozArt Festival, Founder and Artistic Director of the Youth symphony Orchestra of Ukraine/YsOU.