Still Life, Bedrich Fritta, 1943, Theresienstadt camp-ghetto
Join us for the first of a four-part series taking place over 2024 on “Composers of the Holocaust.” This is a hybrid event that takes place both in a live environment and is also simultaneously broadcast.
In Person: Fine Arts Building, Chicago, IL. $20.00 for the in-person program.
Live Broadcast: Live stream where registrants receive entrance to our broadcast platform and watch the performance. $15.00 for unlimited number of viewers allowed.
Each event consists of lectures and performances about composers and musicians lost during the Holocaust.
“We want to bring to light not only the names of the artists and composers lost but also expose the world to the part of them that still exists: their compositions,” says Paul Dykstra. Paul is the lecturer and one of the performers who honor the lives and legacies of the composers for this program. “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. Please attend what we feel will be a memorable and important contribution to our Columbia community.
Composers: Ilse Weber, Gideon Klein, and Robert Dauber
Musicians: Paul Dykstra and Special Musical Guest to Be Announced Soon
Lecturer: Paul Dykstra
Event Date, Time, Locations & Costs
Date: Wednesday, March 6
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
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.
A summa cum laude graduate of the College of Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota, Dykstra has studied piano with Ani Gogova and Ludmilla Lazar of the Chicago College of Performing Arts, James Mathis of the Juilliard School and conducting with Jan Meyerowitz of the Metropolitan Opera while studying Opera at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.