HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE, EASTER AND PASSOVER PROGRAMS ON WQED-TV AND CLASSICAL WQED-FM 89.3 THIS APRIL
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March 26, 2014
HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE, EASTER AND PASSOVER PROGRAMS
ON WQED-TV AND CLASSICAL WQED-FM 89.3 THIS APRIL
PITTSBURGH – This April, WQED will broadcast programing for Holocaust Remembrance, Easter and Passover on WQED-TV and Classical WQED-FM 89.3.
Holocaust Remembrance Programs on WQED-TV
Sunday, April 6 at 6 p.m.
When Fred Sondermann escaped Nazi Germany in 1939, he never imagined he would return. For him, Germany held nothing but the bitter memories of discrimination, persecution, and death. Adapted from his memoirs, Return recounts his journey, and explores the emotions and conclusions of an American Jew returning to his homeland after 30 years. Accompanying the riveting first person narrative are interviews with family and friends. All of this is shown along with contemporary photography, video of both the Dachau concentration camp and Sondermann’s hometown of Horn, juxtaposed with archival images, documents, period footage, and the few surviving family photos.
Thursday, April 10 at 10 p.m.
• Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered (New)
This Emmy nominated film, hosted by journalist and comedian Aaron Freeman, examines the issues associated with the Neo-Nazi march in the holocaust survivor haven of Skokie, Illinois. Produced to mark the event’s 35th anniversary, the film utilizes archival footage, movie clips, and contemporary interviews to explore its impact both then and now. The film reveals how the march turned a group of Holocaust survivors into activists.
Friday, April 11 at 10 p.m.
• A Promise to my Father (New)
This documentary tells the story of Israel “Izzy” Arbeiter a holocaust survivor. Beginning in Poland just prior to the tragic capture of his family, the film follows Izzy as his father’s final words motivate him as he slaves away in factories and camps. The film then follows him on his final journey home where he tries to unearth several religious artifacts his family had buried 73 years before in an attempt to save them from the invading Germans. Izzy speaks for his less fortunate family members, and shares their incredible story with any who will listen.
Holocaust Remembrance Programs on Classical WQED-FM 89.3
Sunday, April 27 at 6 – 8 p.m.
• The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, in a Yom Hashoah concert. Hear Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes, the Concerto for Orchestra in Seven Parts by Isaac Schwartz, and Julia Zilberquit performs the Jewish Rhapsody for Piano, Flute, Strings and Percussion by Nicolas Slonimsky.
Monday, April 28 at 8 – 9 p.m.
• A Voice for the Silenced
In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Monika Vischer and conductor James Conlon explores how music and culture thrived in the most desperate of times at the Terezin concentration camp.
Easter Programs on Classical WQED-FM 89.3
Sunday April 13 at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Palm Sunday)
• Music of the Baroque
Bach’s Passion According to St. John will be conducted by Jane Glover. The soloists include Paul Agnew, Nathan Berg, Yulia Van Doren, Krisztina Szabó, Todd von Felker, Susan Nelson, Klaus Georg, Ryan O’Mealey and the Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra.
Sunday, April 13 at 4 -- 6 p.m.
• Hosted by Anna Singer, Classical WQED-FM 89.3 presents Handel’s St. John Passion, Bach’s Cantata for Palm Sunday, Allegri’s Miserere, and more.
Sunday April 20 at 11 a.m. – Noon (Easter Sunday)
• Rachmaninoff’s Vespers
Classical WQED-FM 89.3 welcomes Easter Sunday with a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, featuring The Mendelssohn Choir directed by Robert Page.
Passover Programs on Classical WQED-FM 89.3
Thursday April 17 at 8 – 9 p.m.
• A Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman
This one hour program features familiar classical music, along with more obscure classical. There are also traditional tunes like "Dayenu," "Chad Gadya," and "Go Down, Moses.” Along with the music, Itzhak Perlman shares personal stories about Passover, tells a few jokes, and even sings a little. And of course, he plays the violin, including the theme to Schindler's List -- you'll hear how he relates that to the Passover story.
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