Honoring the month of May’s two holidays – Holocaust Remembrance Day and Memorial Day- you have the rare opportunity to hear some music that few people on earth have ever seen performed; the next Haller Lake Music Series concert – “Les Voix Étouffées” (“The Stifled Voices”) – features music by four composers whom the Nazis tried to silence. Most of you know the songs of Kurt Weill and may have seen some movies for which Erich Korngold wrote the scores, and some of you may have heard performances at Benaroya Hall of some of the music written by Erwin Schulhoff while imprisoned in a concentration camp, but Alfred Tokayer is surely an unfamiliar name. About a decade ago, a box of his hand-written music manuscripts were found in a basement in a library in Canada. A librarian tracked down Tokayer’s only child (now in her 80’s) living in the south of France. Haller Lake Music Series Program Director and LMC pianist Karin McCullough was introduced to Irene Tokayer Currie some years ago while doing a house exchange in France, and the two ladies became friends. Irene gave Karin permission to perform her father’s unpublished music, including the “Nursery Suite,” which Tokayer had written for his then very young daughter after he had to leave Irene and her mother behind in Germany and seek asylum in France. On the program: Erwin Schulhoff’s Tempo di Fox a’ la Hawaii, Boston Waltz, and Shimmy from “Jazz-like, Partita for Piano;” Alfred Tokayer’s Das ist der Wein (sung by Katie Hochman accompanied by pianist Johanna Mastenbrook), Priere sans paroles (performed by PNB violinist Adrianna Hulscher and pianist Karin McCullough), Ou vas-tu donc?, Soir, and Arriere Ete’ (sung by Katie Hochman accompanied by pianist Karin McCullough), and Une journee de mon enfant (the “Nursery Suite,” sung by Malya Muth accompanied by pianist Karin McCullough); Erich Korngold’s Marietta’s Lied from “The Dead City” (sung by Katie Hochman accompanied by pianist Johanna Mastenbrook), “Much Ado About Nothing” (violin/piano), Selections from “Shakespearean Songs” (sung by Katie Hochman accompanied by pianist Karin McCullough); and various songs by Kurt Weill including Wie lange noch (sung by Katie Hochman accompanied by pianist Johanna Mastenbrook) and Youkali (sung by Malya Muth accompanied by pianist Johanna Mastenbrook). A reception with free refreshments follows where you can chat with the performers and purchase a CD of Tokayer’s extant works recorded as a university project by musicians in Bucharest, Romania.
Bring your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors and come listen to Adrianna Hulscher (violin), Katie Hochman and Malya Muth (sopranos), Johanna Mastenbrook and Karin McCullough (pianists) in the Friday, May 27, 2016, Haller Lake Music Series Concert at Haller Lake United Methodist Church from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Freewill donation: $20 suggested; $5 for youths 18 and under.)