For Our Fathers
An Evening with Ute Gfrerer & Lisa Rosowsky
Austrian soprano Ute Gfrerer and Boston-area artist Lisa Rosowsky present an unforgettable evening of song and visual art in honor of their fathers, who lived through two very different experiences of WWII in Europe. Gfrerer's father was a member of the Nazi Youth Party and a German soldier, while Rosowsky's father went into hiding in France after his parents were arrested and sent to Auschwitz. Both daughters were left with a legacy of silence and grief.
Join them for a moving program of Holocaust-related songs—poems set to music by composers such as Kurt Weill, Norbert Glanzberg, and Hermann Leopoldi—matched with artwork that explores family history and collective memory.
Born in Boston, Lisa Rosowsky is a graphic designer and a mixed-media artist who works most often with fabric. She earned her AB from Harvard College and an MFA in graphic design from Yale University. She has been on the faculty at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design since 1996, where she teaches graphic design, typography, and book design. When she is not teaching or writing, Lisa can be found working in her studio in a century-old converted factory building outside of Boston.
Austrian soprano Ute Gfrerer is widely considered to be one of the best interpreters of Kurt Weill's music. She has performed and recorded many of his works, including The Threepenny Opera, One Touch of Venus, Lady in the Dark, Marie Galante, and The Seven Deadly Sins. Her career has brought her to major musical centers around the world, including Barbican Hall in London, the Cologne Philharmonie, NHK Hall in Tokyo, Teatro National in Guatemala City, Vienna Volksoper, and the Zurich Opera. Not only is Gfrerer a regular guest artist at the Kurt Weill Festival in Germany, she has also performed at the renowned Salzburg Festival in Austria and the Festival for Forbidden Music in Marseilles, France, where she discovered the Holocaust songs of Norbert Glanzberg heard in this program.
Art and literature can be vehicles for artists, writers, and their audiences to grapple with horrific events, face difficult histories, and heal from trauma, violence, and tragedy. Artist Jeffrey W. Morin created an artist’s book presenting the story of Holocaust survivor Rudolph Brazda woven together with the German folktale of the White Maiden. At the time of his death in 2011, Brazda was the last known survivor of Nazi concentration camps who had been incarcerated for being gay. Make an appointment in the Vershbow Special Collections Reading Room to view Morin’s book The White Maiden Male.
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