Composers of the Holocaust

Pianist Gideon Klein was deported to Auschwitz and died before the war’s end. During his time at Terezin, he was able to write music that others shepherded to safety. Gideon Klein by Charlotta Burešová

Event Information

Join hosts Chris Stacey and Daniel Balsam for this special 9/11 performance/lecture meant to remind us of the remarkable complexities and enduring legacies of the human spirit under the worst possible conditions. This is a unique evening of moving historical stories and musical compositions. 

Composers: Ilse Weber, Gideon Klein, and Robert Dauber

Musicians: Paul Dykstra, pianist and Susie Lewis Friedman, soprano

Lecturer: Paul Dykstra with panelists Stacey and Balsam. Audience Q & A.

Event Registration

In Person: Fine Arts Building, Chicago, IL. $20.00 for the in-person program.

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Live Broadcast: Live stream where registrants receive entrance to our broadcast platform and watch the performance. $15.00 for unlimited number of viewers allowed.

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“Composers like Gideon Klein and Ilse Weber created beauty in some of the world’s most awful circumstances. Time and again I’m awed by the fact that even in desolation, isolation, and pain, they could make art that speaks to the soul,” explains Paul Dykstra. 

Event Date, Time, Locations & Costs

Date: September 11, 2024 

Time: 6:30PM-8:00PM

In Person Location: Salon Des Artistes. Studio 535. Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605.

In Person Cost: $20.00 per person.

Online Streaming Broadcast: Registrants receive entrance to our broadcast platform and watch the performance lecture as it occurs live.

Online Streaming Broadcast Cost: $15.00 for unlimited number of viewers.

Registration Includes: Lecture/Performance Program and Pre-Event Background Materials and Suggested Reading About Each Composer.

About Paul Dykstra, Pianist and Lecturer

Paul Dykstra supported choral and keyboard activities at Temple Sholom of Chicago for more than 25 years. He is currently the music director of Temple Jeremiah at Northfield. As a collaborative pianist, he has dedicated his career to chamber music and to exposing the world to the music lost in the Nazi Holocaust of World War II. He has performed as a special guest of the Singer Festival in Warsaw, Poland, debuting the chamber music (piano trio) of Mieczyslaw Weinberg and other great Jewish composers. As the Musical Director and Conductor of the Chicago-based Lira Singers and Founding Conductor of the Lira Symphony Orchestra, Dykstra spent more than 15 years bringing the opera and classical music of Poland to audiences throughout the United States. He conducted recordings and led performances with Lira at Chicago’s famed Symphony Center.

About Susan Lewis Friedman, Soprano

Susan Lewis Friedman’s voice is known for its clear tone, and concise communication of text. Her singing has been described as “angelic, prayerful, and soulful”. In addition to being a Cantor, Susie sings in operas, musical theater, and on the concert stage with orchestra, chamber ensembles. She has appeared as the soprano soloist with the Santa Fe Symphony, Tempe Symphony, and Bach Works. Susie has been commissioned to write original compositions for sacred occasions in synagogue communities. Many of her original songs are staples of Jewish worship in Chicagoland.  She is a proud member of the Cantor’s Assembly, the American Conference of Cantors, and Actors Equity Association.

September 11, 2024 at 6:30pm - 8pm

Salon Des Artistes (Live) & Live Stream (Virtual)

Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Avenue. Studio 535
Live Stream: URL to Event Provided
Chicago, IL 60605
United States

Chris Stacey