Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – 11:20 AM
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH), in collaboration with the USC Polish Music Center, presents a concert highlighting the work of noted composer and Holocaust survivor Roman Ryterband, at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 21, at the museum, 100 The Grove Dr., L.A., in Pan Pacific Park.
Musicians Nic Gerpe (piano) and Pasha Tseitlin (violin), known as the Panic Duo; soprano Kirsten Ashley Wiest, and will perform the music of the award-winning composer.
• Based in L.A., Panic Duo is dedicated to performingh modern music and has appeared at festivals and venues including the Paderewski Festival, the L.A.County Museum of Art and others.
• Soprano Kirsten Ashley Wiest has sung as a soloist with the Grammy-winning Patch ensemble and the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, among others.
• Harpist Ko-Ni Choi has been featured as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including Banff Festival Orchestra, Hungarian Chamber Philharmonic and Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ryterband was born in Lodz, Poland, in 1914. Touring in France when Germany invaded Poland in 1939, the talented young composer was able to board the last train to Switzerland before the border was closed. With the exception of his sister and her son, his entire family perished in the Holocaust.
A master of the chamber ensemble, Ryterband lived and worked in Switzerland, Montreal and Chicago before settling in Palm Springs. He died in 1979, and in 2016 his family donated an extensive collection of his personal correspondence and musical manuscripts to the USC Polish Music Center.
The USC Polish Music Center, associated with the USC Thornton School of Music, houses the largest collection of Polish Music in the U.S.
Admission to the museum is free. Tickets to the concert are available at: https://lamoth.ticketleap.com/the-music-of-roman-ryterband/dates/May-21-2017_at_0400PM. Suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 for students.
For more information, visit www.lamoth.org.
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Broadway and TV stars and leading comedians will headline the “Concert For America: Stand Up, Sing Out!” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 24 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr.
Taking part in the show will be Chita Rivera (The Visit), Cheyenne Jackson (American Horror Story), Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Wayne Brady (Whose Line is it Anyway?), recording artist Helen Reddy, Jane Lynch (Glee), Kate Flannery (The Office), Megan Hilty (Smash), Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), Barrett Foa (NCIS: Los Angeles), Marissa Jaret Winokur (Hairspray), comedians Alec Mapa and Wendy Liebman and more.
A concert of songs, comedy, and commentary, “Concert For America” has been hailed by The New York Times as “striking for its emphasis on the importance of faith in the United States and optimism about its future.” Created and hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, who also organized the “Broadway For Orlando/What the World Needs Now is Love” recording, “Concert For America: Stand Up, Sing Out” debuted its monthly series to universal acclaim at The Town Hall, which serves as its New York home. Prior to this L.A. engagement, “Concert For America” also traveled to the Auditorium Theatre of Chicago.
Proceeds from “Concert For America: Stand Up, Sing Out” will benefit five national organizations working to protect human rights: Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, The Sierra Club Foundation, NAACP and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Tickets start at $30 and are available at Ticketmaster.com. Participating performers are subject to change.
For those unable to attend, the concert will air on ConcertsforAmerica.com, beginning at 10p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, Wednesday, May 24.
For more information, visit: www.ConcertsforAmerica.com.