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John Smalley/Fred Adler @ CMC performing Eisler, Hindemith & Kurtág

Saturday, November 17, 8 p.m.: Baritone John Smailey and pianist Fred Adler have prepared a vocal recital entitled Out of the Flood: Music of Exile. The songs to be presented will all draw upon texts by Friedrich Hölderlin and Bertolt Brecht. Whether or not Hölderlin’s stay in France at the beginning of the nineteenth century was, strictly speaking, an “exile,” it was a time of significant productivity for him, particularly when he was living in Bordeaux. Brecht, on the other hand, was a refugee from the Nazis, living in exile in Los Angeles for most of the Second World War. The composers featured on this program will be Hanns Eisler and Paul Hindemith, both of whom also had to flee Nazi persecution, as well as the contemporary Hungarian György Kurtág, who has been living in Bordeaux (note the connection) since 2002. In addition Adler will perform Hindemith’s second piano sonata. This concert will be free to the general public, but donations will be accepted at the door.

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