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Banned works resurrected

Between tonight and Nov. 16, Music in the Mountains’ Fall Fest will present seven concerts at the Nevada County Fairgrounds’ Festival Center.

The kickoff concert by the Jim Martinez Jazz Quartet encompasses straight-ahead jazz, stride, classics and interpretations of Oscar Peterson and Fats Waller.

The Fall Fest continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the German-Swiss Casal Quartet and Los Angeles pianist Timothy Durkovic performing Beethoven, Kletzki, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Mozart works among others.



The gigs are Casal Quartet’s first in the United States. Founded in 1995, the string quartet performs up to 100 times annually in Germany, Switzerland, South America and Canada.

The quartet will include music by composers banned or killed during the Nazi regime. Works by Erwin Schulhoff, Viktor Ullmann, Heinrich Kaminski, Pavel Haas and others whose music was politically silenced in the mid-20th century have a prominent place in Casal Quartet performances.




Markus Fleck wrote in an e-mail this week that these artists’ works are presented in repertoire to make sure the past is not forgotten.

“Germany still today has a heavy burden to carry, which is the aftermath of the second World War. No other country ever before has seen such a perfectly planned and realized genocide,” Fleck stated.

Because many artists and works were destroyed by the Nazis, Fleck wrote “… the awareness that (the musicians) exist is not there. We cannot undo what has been done by our grandparents’ generation. But we can contribute that the consequences of their actions do not generate even more injustice today.”

On Nov. 14, the “Stars of Tomorrow” concert features winners of the annual MIM Young Musicians Competition. Accompanied by MIM’s artistic director Paul Perry on piano, the youth will play pieces by Brahms, Schumann, Mozart and Chopin.

Classical guitarist Gyan Riley and his pianist-composer father, Terry Riley of Camptonville, will perform original works and compositions for guitar from throughout the ages on Nov. 15.

Fall Fest concludes Nov. 16 with Matthew Darling and the Percussion Ensemble-California State University at Fresno in “The Exotic Sounds and Unusual Rhythms of Percussion.”

Professor Darling and his ensemble will perform works by Mark Ford, Ney Rosauro, George Hamilton Green and others. Darling is principal percussionist of MIM’s Festival Orchestra.

– Carol Feineman


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