Concert dedicated to the memory of the Jewish Symphony Orchestra

9 days after the Warsaw Ghetto had been closed to the outside world, on 25th November, 1940, took place the first concert of the Jewish Symphony Orchestra.

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Poster from the Warsaw Ghetto. A Symphonic Concert. 16 Sienna street - later Janusz Korczak's Orphanage

It is hard to imagine how much fortitude and determination required the organization of the event. It is difficult to recreate feelings that might have been accompanying the people who came to listen to the concert despite the terrible time when the last sparks of hope were dying for the Jewish community of Warsaw...

One of the conductors of the Orchestra was Marian Neuteich whose composition (in addition to works by Ernest Bloch and Felix Mendelssohn) we will have a chance to hear on the 73rd anniversary of the inaugural concert of the Orchestra. Despite the growing terror, the Jewish Symphony Orchestra played until the ban issued by the occupier in April 1942. They played in compliance with Simon Pullman’s imperative that „Honorary duty of the Jews is to play well good music, regardless of the circumstances.” Almost all of the musicians of the JSO were murdered during the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Works for piano, violin and string quartet will be performed by Julita Przybylska-Nowak, Jarosław Pietrzak — a professor of a violin class at the Music Academy in Wrocław, and four students and graduates of this conservatory.

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