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 say that there will be supplemental materials for Recovering a Musical Heritage, including six optional “spotlight” segments for use on-air in host shifts leading up to or around the program which shine a light on composers such as Korngold, Ullman, and Schulhoff. These “spotlight” segments are relatively short (between 10-20 minutes), and contain a brief introduction and contextualization by Conlon, as well as factual bullet-points for hosts to set up and wrap around the segments. You can find the text for the spotlights by following the link on the right-hand side of this page titled “Supplemental Materials”, and can listen to the spotlights on the PRX page for the special.

Additional supplemental materials include digital content for use on web pages, photos of Maestro Conlon, and other assets. Please note that more materials will be uploaded in late March/early April as they are produced.

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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