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Orchestra of Exiles

Orchestra of Exiles

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Featuring Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta, Pinchas Zukerman, Joshua Bell, and others, Orchestra of Exiles is the suspenseful chronicle of how one man helped save Europe’s premiere Jewish musicians from obliteration by the Nazis.

In the early 1930s, Hitler began firing Jewish musicians
across Europe. Overcoming extraordinary obstacles, violinist Bronislaw Huberman moved these great musicians to Palestine and formed a symphony that would become the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. With courage, resourcefulness and an entourage of allies including Arturo Toscanini and Albert Einstein, Huberman saved close to 1000 Jews —
along with the musical heritage of Europe.

Spertus was pleased to welcome director Joshua Aronson
for a post-screening discussion.

Joshua Aronson started his career as a still photographer for Time Life, then began directing television films and commercials. Through Aronson Films he directed MTV videos, television pilots and specials and over 500 commercials before turning to documentaries in 1999. Since then he has made award-winning documentaries on a fascinating variety of topics. His work includes the Academy Award nominated Sound and FuryThe Opposite Sex and Beautiful Daughters for Showtime, and the feature documentary Bullrider. He is also a concert pianist and plays chamber music in New York and at the Telluride Musicfest, the chamber music festival he founded in 2002 with his wife, violinist Maria Bachmann.

— Film Journal International


This program was part of the Solomon Goldman Series, generously endowed by Rose and the late Sidney Shure,
with additional support from the
Bernard and Rochelle Zell Center
for Holocaust Studies at Spertus.

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