This April, the University of Chicago’s and Folks Operetta’s Korngold Rediscovered festival celebrates the life and music of one of the 20th century’s most successful yet underrecognized composers, Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Korngold Rediscovered will offer a new glimpse into this significant composer through concerts, lectures, a film screening, a workshopped theater production reading, a scholarly symposium, and the North American premiere of Korngold’s last opera, in the 125th anniversary year of his birth.
UChicago Presents opens the Korngold Rediscovered festival with a concert on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 pm featuring James Ehnes, violin and Orion Weiss, piano. UChicago Presents also closes the festival on Sunday, April 10 at 3:00pm with a concert from this year's Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence, Quatuor Diotima.
Philip V. Bohlman, Ludwig Rosenberger Distinguished Service Professor in Jewish History, Music and the Humanities in the College and Associate Faculty, Divinity School, is one of the organizers of the Korngold Rediscovered Symposium, which encompasses performances and academic presentations. The Symposium participants, both guest speakers and those from the University of Chicago, represent different departments and disciplines. Presentations will address a range of topics related to Korngold's life and work, as well as broader issues in Jewish music and culture in Europe and the United States, including the relationship between music, film, and other media and the experience and effects of exile. The extensive participation of the New Budapest Orpheum Society, the Humanities Division Ensemble-in-Residence, will enhance the presence of performance.
Continue reading for a full schedule of festival events and visit the Korngold Rediscovered festival website for more information. All events take place in the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.
Korngold Rediscovered festival schedule
Wednesday, April 6-Friday, April 8 — Korngold Rediscovered Symposium
Thursday, April 7, 7:30 PM — Die Kathrin, North American premiere