Our members, Barbara and Larry Nevens send the following alert to a concert that may be of interest to our members…
Here’s a link to get tickets to Sunday’s (Jan. 5) performance of Sharon Farber’s “Bestemming – Cello Concerto No. 1″ inspired by the heroics of actor Curt Lowens, featuring cellist Ruslan Biryukov, narrated by Michael Des Barres, and conducted by Maestro Frank Fetta. I think any seat is going to be a great one. Student tickets are only $1!!! But wait, there’s more!
COMEDIAN EMO PHILIPS NARRATING
CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS by CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS
CONCERTO FOR 2 PIANOS IN C minor, BWV 1062
YANA REZNIK, PIANO
RUFUS CHOI, PIANO
“CELLO CONCERTO” by SHARON FARBER
RUSLAN BIRYUKOV, CELLO SOLO
NARRATION BY ACTOR MICHAEL DEBARRES
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$1 STUDENT TICKETS!
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SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF GLENDALE
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to various charitable organizations.
This all came about because of a ‘reunion’ between the young man who saved an American pilot by hiding him in a haystack of a Dutch farm, and the pilots’ future children and grandchildren. The pilot had bailed out of his plane that was shot down, and was moments away from being retrieved by Nazi forces. He would have been summarily executed as a prisoner of war, as was their practice. This reunion was incredibly touching. It was orchestrated during Yom Kippur services at Temple of the Arts in Beverly Hills, where Sharon is music director.
Here were two generations that would not have existed save for the heroics of this young Jewish boy whose family fled their home on the night of Kristallnacht. When they finally met and then embraced the man that saved their father/grandfather – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Sharon is a beautiful soul who recognized that this display of humanity, and the potential that it shows in all of us that we are capable of changing the world – can be memorialized and celebrated in a concerto.
Some people are moved to construct memorials, create sculptures, or build edifices that commemorate these types of things. Sharon created music – and for something that has international implications – music seemed to be the perfect tribute. It’s a language that is so difficult to communicate, but that is understandable by everyone.
Hence the concerto, hence the intricate cello passages that Ruslan Biryukov masterfully brings to life, and hence a narration that punctuates each of the 4 movements. Michael Des Barres really brings this to life.
So there you go – it’s a highly spiritual project where diverse people have come together. And to add to that, the man himself will be at the Concerto. Curt Lowens will be there.