3 fall events celebrating Jewish culture
Jewish Touch, Music of Remembrance and Early Music Guild (via Ensemble Lucidarium) will be presenting programs representing a wide variety of Jewish culture between Oct. 27 and Nov. 16, 2013.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or Night of Broken Glass, the series of massive, coordinated attacks against Jews and Jewish-owned property in Germany, Austria and other Nazi-occupied areas. The pogroms of early November 1938 left nearly 100 people dead, sent 30,000 to concentration camps and burned more than 1,000 synagogues; it was a turning point in anti-Semitic policy.
Three events in the Seattle area in the next few weeks take notice of Jewish history and culture, as well as the anniversary:
• The Jewish Touch lecture series presents an appearance by Millie Perkins, the only surviving cast member from the 1959 film “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Foster Hirsch, professor of film at Brooklyn College, will interview Perkins, who played Anne. 2 p.m. Sunday, Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island; $8-$12 (206-388-0823 or sjcc.org). A free screening of the film will start at 10:30 a.m. at Herzl-Ner Tamid.
• Music of Remembrance, the Seattle group that aims to ensure “the voices of musical witness be heard,” will stage “Until When?,” a concert including works by three Israeli composers: Betty Olivero’s suite from “The Golem”; Eugene Levitas’ song cycle “Until When” in the original Hebrew with a reading from ACT Theatre artistic director Kurt Beattie; and Marc Lavry’s Suite Concertante. 7 p.m. Nov. 10, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; $40 (206-365-7770 or musicofremembrance.org).
• Early Music Guild brings Italy’s Ensemble Lucidarium, which will perform Renaissance-era songs celebrating life, poetry, transitions and moments of the Jewish liturgical year on period instruments including recorders, pipe, lute and hammer dulcimer. 8 p.m. Nov. 16, Town Hall Seattle; $20-$42 (206-325-7066 or earlymusicguild.org).
Seattle Times staff