This Livestream begins on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 8am PT / 11am ET.
Humanity Rising Panel
"Remembrances and Beyond: The Coherent Heart Through Music & Painting"
Kathleen Riley, Ph.D - Convener and Host
Mark Ludwig - Founder/Director of Terezin Music Foundation, Violinist
Jim Schantz - Artist
Mark founded the Terezin Music Foundation in 1991 and serves as its Director.
When Czech composer Hans Krása wrote his 1921 String Quartet, Op. 2, he envisioned an artist painting live on stage during its performance. This project is the first fulfillment of Krása's intent and serves as a memorial to him as well as transformation of his tragic story: Krása was interned in the Terezín concentration camp and ultimately murdered at Auschwitz. Mark and Jim’s collaboration, begun in 2006, is a poignant call to honor life, humanity, and the creative spirit. Since its inception, Jim has gone on to create a series of paintings to the Krása String Quartet.
This Humanity Rising program includes historic photos, music tracks, and video presentation of a live performance at Skidmore College featuring the Hawthorne String Quartet and Jim at the easel. Mark will also discuss the work of the Terezín Music Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to amplifying the musical legacy of the artists imprisoned in Terezín. TMF honors these artists through concerts, commissions, recordings, publications, and Holocaust and genocide education programs around the world. TMF has sponsored more than forty musical commissions to date; these serve as a living memorial and a source of healing. Many of them are settings of poems TMF commissioned for its LiberArte Project and anthology, Liberation (see www.Liberarte.org).