February 24, 2018

Spring 2018 Events

Events Spring 2018

 

Wednesday, February 21, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., MONROE 124

“’The Solidarity of the Shaken’: Poland, Ukraine, and the Metaphysics of Revolution”

Marci Shore, Associate Professor of History, Yale University

Organized and co-sponsored by CREEES, the Corcoran Department of History, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

This lecture is part of the Spring 2018 Polish Lecture Series at UVa made possible by the generosity of Lady Blanka Rosenstiel and the American Institute of Polish Culture.

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Thursday, April 5, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., NAU 211

“International Comradeship: Polish Communists in the Twentieth Century”

Padraic Kenney, Professor of History, Indiana University

Organized and co-sponsored by CREEES, the Corcoran Department of History, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

This lecture is part of the Spring 2018 Polish Lecture Series at UVa made possible by the generosity of Lady Blanka Rosenstiel and the American Institute of Polish Culture.

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Monday, April 16, 12:00 p.m.,  236 NEW CABELL HALL

Paul Brody Colloquium: ”Wanderings in a German-Jewish Landscape: Living in the Between”

As part of his residency at UVA, composer and interdisciplinary artist, Paul Brody will present examples of his compositions and sound installations to explore how he understands the intersections of Jewish, German, and North American cultures. Since moving to Berlin in the mid-90s, he has produced seven albums with Jewish themes, including three CDs for John Zorn’s Radical Jewish Culture label, Tzadik.

In recent years, Brody has extended his compositional techniques to include interviews, resulting
in documentary sound installations, poetry-inspired pieces, and radio work. In his first sound installation, for the Heimatkunde exhibition at Jewish Museum in Berlin, he wanted to showcase the critical role played by aurality in Jewish culture. In contrast to the visual culture usually presented in the museum, Brody composed music based on the voice-melodies of people as they explained their sense of belonging — or not —in Germany. The voice melodies inspired musical elements and revealed a intertwining narrative of music and spoken word.

Brody extended his work on the theme of place and identity in his most recent exhibit, Voices of Help at the Schöneberg Museum. While volunteering at a center for refugees, he encountered a young girl who reminded him that his own mother had needed help to escape Nazi Vienna in 1939. He began to ask what prompted people to help other people, and sought out a range of social workers, teachers, and volunteers in his own neighborhood. From these interviews, Brody developed his musical sound installation to tell the concept of help from the perspectives of community and social workers — the kinds of “everyday” people, those not often present in
historical accounts, who might have helped his mother.

Across his diverse works, Brody seems to ask a few basic questions: Is the “between world” its own place? Does it have a sound, an expression, a vocabulary of its own? His presentation will show how he uses elements of klezmer melodies, story-telling, and everyday life in Berlin to inspire his musical imagination.

This event was made possible by the following co-sponsors: The UVA Jewish Studies Program, the  Center for German Studies, and the  Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

link to “Voices of Help”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0qJrDfJUFU&t=675s

Free and open to the public
Light lunch
Rsvp to Tierre Sanford, ts3bm@virginia.edu.

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Thursday, April 19, 8:00 p.m., OLD CABELL HALL

UVA Klezmer Ensemble Concert under the direction of Joel Rubin, with special guest Paul Brody (Berlin)

The University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music presents the UVA Klezmer Ensemble with special guest artist, Paul Brody on Thursday, April 19th at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall. Directed by Joel Rubin, the UVA Klezmer Ensemble focuses on the music of the klezmorim, the Jewish professional instrumentalists of eastern Europe, as well as related Jewish and other East European traditions from the 18th century to the present, including Yiddish song.

The performance will feature Paul Brody, an American trumpeter, composer, sound installation artist, and writer based in Berlin, Germany. Brody leads his klezmer-jazz band, Sadawi and performs with a number of other groups, including the Other Europeans, the Semer Ensemble, and Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird. He has collaborated with artists as diverse as John Zorn, Kent Nagano, Shirley Bassey, Ran Blake, the Klezmatics, and Barry White.

John Zorn has written: “Paul Brody is a remarkable trumpet player, composer, arranger based in Berlin… He brought together some of the best players from both the U.S. and Germany to create a new Jewish supergroup. The music combines exciting arrangements, catchy tunes, and compelling solos into another classic of the new Jewish Renaissance… Brody is forging a new Jewish jazz for the 21st Century.”

Now ending its twelth year, the UVA Klezmer Ensemble has become a vital part of the musical community of Central and Northern Virginia, performing each semester in Old Cabell Hall as well as at conferences and festivals throughout the region. The ensemble is currently made up of undergraduates, grad students, and other members of the greater Central Virginia community. The group is committed to ethnic, racial, cultural and religious diversity. Current and recent members have backgrounds from the US, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Lebanon, Armenia, Iran, Bangladesh, and India, with religious backgrounds ranging from Jewish to Christian, Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist.

In 2016, Joel Rubin was a featured performer and teacher at the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow, Poland, and at Yiddish Summer Weimar, and toured with the Berkeley-based trio, Veretski Pass to Germany and Austria. The group will be recording its second collaborative CD in August, 2018.

Tickets for the Klezmer Ensemble performance are $10 for adults, $9 for UVA faculty and staff, and $5 for students. Tickets for University of Virginia students are free if reserved in advance at the Arts Box Office www.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA’s historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda (map). Parking is available in the Central Grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner. Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.
All programs are subject to change.

Co-sponsored by the James Dunton Gift (Jazz Program), the UVA Jewish Studies Program, the  Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Center for German Studies, the Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures, the Drama Department, the Creative Writing Program, the Anthropology Department, the Linguistics Program, and the Miller Arts Scholars.

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Past Spring 2018 Events

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Thursday, February 8, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., NAU 211

“Between Empire and Nation-State: Poland’s Eastern Borderlands and the Interwar World”

Kathryn Ciancia, Assistant Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Organized and co-sponsored by CREEES, the Corcoran Department of History, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

This lecture is part of the Spring 2018 Polish Lecture Series at UVa made possible by the generosity of Lady Blanka Rosenstiel and the American Institute of Polish Culture.

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