Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Remembrance day - begins Wednesday evening. To mark the occasion, WCVE PBS will broadcast a Richmond Symphony Concert taped at the Carpenter Theater on January 27th, the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
Articles by Peter Solomon
If you are a jazz fan and you lived in Richmond in the 1990’s, you may recall seeing the master baritone saxophonist Glenn Wilson with his group “The Jazzmaniacs” at Bogart’s Back Room. Seeing one of Wilson’s gigs made you realize that there are indeed great jazz groups outside the confines of New York City or Washington, DC.
This week marks the 150th anniversary of the fall of Richmond. On April 4th, 1865, the day after the Union took control of the city, President Lincoln made an impromptu visit to see the fallen Confederate Capitol with his own eyes. 88.9 WCVE producer Peter Solomon says the planning for Lincoln’s visit was bad, the execution even worse.
For centuries, the violin has played a central role in Jewish culture. During the dark years of the Holocaust, the instrument not only provided much needed comfort but served as a means to save the lives of musicians and sometimes their family’s lives as well.
“Violins of Hope” author Jay Grymes recounts the story of Motele Schlein, a 13-year old amateur musician and partisan fighter born in a small village called Krasnovka near the border of Poland and the Societ Union. To avenge the death of his family, Motele Schlein used his violin case to smuggle explosives into a Nazi hangout where he played music.
“Violins of Hope” author Jay Grymes recounts what he calls one of the most heroic moments in the history of classical music: the story of Ernst Glaser’s 1941 concert in the Norwegian city of Bergen. Glaser, who was Jewish, was the concertmaster of the Oslo Philharmonic and the country’s most prominent musician. A group of Nazi youths attended his performance in order to harass him and to try and stop his tour. A riot ensued in which the audience rose to Glaser’s defense.
In the second part of Rumbleseat Revival’s performance, you’ll hear When the Sun Goes Down in Harlem (originally by the Harlem Hamfats), as well as Lady Quit Her Husband Unexpectedly (originally recorded by Stovepipe No. 1 in 1924), Gershwin’s Summertime and finally Shalom Secunda’s Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen.
Thursday night (10/30) at 8:00 p.m. at VCU’s Singleton Center, drummer Scott Clark will lead his group The Scott Clark 4tet in a performance of a new work called “Bury My Heart,” a suite that draws on the history of Native Americans and their subjugation by the United States Government. The title for the work comes from Dee Brown’s 1970 book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.