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Thunder Bay Museum: A Song Rings Out: Lost Composers of the Holocaust (May 12)

May 12, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Join the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society as we host a concert featuring works by Jewish composers impacted by the Holocaust.  These concerts are being arranged by Michelle Zapf-Belanger, Section Violin, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.

There are 3 dates available to attend this concert 10, 11, & 12 May.  Make sure you buy tickets for the date that works for your schedule.

These concerts are being presented in support of the traveling exhibit  “And in 1948, I came to Canada”: The Holocaust in Six Dates  on display at the Thunder Bay Museum from April 6th until July 24th, 2022.

Featuring music composed or arranged by –

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) 

  • String Quartet No. 2, Op. 26 (1933)
  • Of these musicians featured in this concert, only Erich Korngold escaped the Nazi death camps. A prominent Austrian composer, he won an Oscar for a film score in 1937, and was asked to move temporarily to Los Angeles, California to compose the score for the new Robin Hood movie starring Errol Flynn. The move saved his life. Only a month later, the Nazis annexed Austria, confiscating his home in Vienna.

Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942)

  • String Quartet No. 1 (1925)
  • Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff was a protégé of Antonín Dvořák and Claude Debussy, among others, and was enjoying a skyrocketing composing career in the 1920s when his Jewish faith and progressive politics began to create obstacles for him. He was arrested and deported to Wülzburg prison camp near Weißenburg, Bavaria , where he died in 1942 from tuberculosis.

Alma Rosé (1906-1944) / Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

  • In mir klingt ein Lied (A song rings out within me)
  • Alma Rosé, an accomplished violinist and member of prominent musical Rosé family, became the conductor of the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz, a group of the orchestral players in the women’s camp, who were forced to perform weekly concerts for the SS. She had them perform In mir klingt ein Lied as an act of resistance.

Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944)

  • String Quartet No. 3 (1943)
  • Viktor Ullmann was deported to the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia in 1942 and, in the two years he was imprisoned there, composed over 20 works, including an opera. He was gassed in Auschwitz in 1944.

Performers – 

Michelle Zapf-Belanger, violin
Thomas Cosbey, violin
Marlena Pellegrino, viola
Daniel Parker, cello

Please arrive 20 minutes early to ensure that you are able to check in and be seated prior to the beginning of the concert.

  • Free Admission to the Museum during the event
  • Refreshments will be available during the event

Proceeds from this event will benefit the artists and performers as well as support future exhibits and programs like this.


May 12, 2022
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Thunder Bay Museum
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Thunder Bay Museum
425 Donald St E.
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7E 5V1 Canada
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