Recovering a Musical Heritage

with James Conlon

Current music director of the Los Angeles Opera and principal conductor of the RAI National Symphony of Turin, Italy, James Conlon has had an international career that has taken him to the Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the city of Cologne, and the Cincinnati May and Ravinia festivals. A constant theme of his career has been the championing of composers silenced, imprisoned, or killed under the Third Reich; for these efforts he’s been recognized by the Anti-Defamation League, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and the Zemlinsky Prize.

Join James Conlon as he leads us on an exploration of music from a lost generation – works forgotten in the shadows for decades. He will illuminate the stories and legacies of composers including Alexander von Zemlinsky, Franz Schreker, Victor Ullmann, and Erwin Schulhoff, in a special program to celebrate this rich, revived musical heritage.

Featuring excerpts from Alexander von Zemlinsky’s The Mermaid, Viktor Ullmann’s one-act chamber opera, Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Emperor of Atlantis), Erwin Schulhoff’s Hot Sonata for Saxophone and Piano and the Prelude to Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (“The Stigmatized”).

Supplemental Materials: On-Air Spotlights and Digital Content

We’re delighted to offer extra materials for free use on your website and social media platforms. In our Supplemental Materials, there are 2 useful folders titled “RMH Articles and Stories for Use on Web” and “RMH Graphics for Use on Web and Social Media”. The first folder contains all of the assets you need to publish a web article on composers featured in the special, titled “RMH Composers Feature and Assets,” with full text and photos. The other folder, “RMH Terezin Feature and Assets” contains photos and text on the experience of composer Viktor Ullmann and other musicians in the Terezin concentration camp. The folder titled “RMH Graphics for Use on Web and Social Media” contains teaser photos and text for Facebook posts, with examples generated by WFMT.

The “Spotlights” on PRX are designed to be used within hosted on-air shifts, as a way to forward-promote the special and to provide relevant musical selections to use on-air. Here at WFMT, for example, we used the Spotlights to great effect in our Afternoon Drive shift each day leading up to the airing of the special.

And of course, if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch!


The OREL Foundation


Category: Documentaries & Profiles
Duration: 1-hour / 58:30
Frequency: 1-part
Availability: 04/01/2019 - 03/31/2020

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