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University of Hartford’s Greenberg Center to Present “The Music of the Jewish Refugees”

Posted 04/06/2015
Posted by David Isgur

The University of Hartford’s Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies will present a talk by Boston Globe classical music critic Jeremy Eichler on “Arnold Schönberg’s Musical Memorial to the Holocaust” and a performance of selected works of German-Jewish refugee musicians Arnold Schönberg, Kurt Weill, Ruth Schonthal, and Andre Previn by soprano Rachel Abrams of Hartford Opera Theater.

This 2015 Fallmann Jewish Music Lecture event, being held on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the University's Wilde Auditorium,  is free and open to the public and is also in commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

To register for the event, which is co-sponsored by the Greenberg Center and the Rose and Arthur Fallman Fund, please call 860.768.5018 or email to

Jeremy Eichler joined the Boston Globe staff in 2006, after writing about classical music and other cultural topics for The New York Times. His reviews, features, and essays have also appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, The Nation, Slate and Vanity Fair. He is a native of the Boston area, and was educated at Brown University and Columbia University.

Soprano Rachel Abrams has been praised for her warm lyric tone, expressive stage presence, and earnest performances.  She has been featured by Hartford Opera Theater as Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music, A Woman in the premiere of selections from the Christopher McCormick’s In a Grove, Emma in Rachel Peters’ Mermaid in the Jar, Miss Romano in the world premiere of Jeremy Beck’s I Can Hardly Wait!, and Peep Bo in The Mikado with the Simsbury Light Opera Company.

Abrams has performed in numerous concerts, oratorios, and recitals throughout the United States. She has performed as the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Coronation Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore. A passionate performer of Jewish music, Abrams sang the soprano solo in Martin Bresnick’s puppet opera, Der Signál, with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra during the 10th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture at Charter Oak Cultural Center. In August, she and pianist Andrew King performed an art song recital, titled Songs of Land and Sea, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamstown, Mass.  This recital contains works by Schubert, Fauré, Rorem, and Rachmaninoff. Songs of Land and Sea will continue to be performed throughout this year at multiple venues throughout New England.