Mar 17 - Mar 18 2018
Forbidden Songs: Lost Music of Midcentury Poland

Performance & Music
March 17 & 18
Klarman & Barnes Hall
Presented by Mackenzie Pierce

This festival presents U.S. premieres of Roman Palester’s (1907–1989) chamber music, vocal works, and films. Among the most distinctive composers of mid-twentieth-century Poland, Palester was persecuted during the Second World War and subsequently fled communist Poland. His music was subsequently banned and, to this day, his compositions remain largely unrecorded and virtually unknown. By bringing his works back to life, “Forbidden Songs” explores the fraught artistic and personal decisions that Palester confronted under repressive regimes. Festival highlights include the world premiere of the English-subtitled version of the film Forbidden Songs (1946), which narrates everyday life in Warsaw through the lens of music banned during the Nazi occupation, and a concert of Palester’s songs and chamber works. Equally testaments to their tumultuous era and documents of lasting artistic value, Palester’s compositions help reconsider the ever-present quandaries that bind artistic vision with political responsibility.

Saturday, March 17
8pm; Klarman Hall
Forbidden Songs (World Premiere)

Sunday, March 18
2:30pm; Barnes Hall
Preconcert talk
3:00pm; Barnes Hall
Chamber Music Concert

Related Links:
Forbidden Songs | Website