Brown to present lecture on Alma Rosť and the Womenís Orchestra at Auschwitz
North Greenville University Cline School of Music will present Dr. Kellie Brown, a recognized expert on music of the Holocaust, on Friday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Hamlin Recital Hall. Brooks will give a presentation concerning Alma Rosť and the Womenís Orchestra at Auschwitz: A Lesson on Tolerance and the Triumph of the Human Spirit.
In July 1943, 36‐year-old Rosť found herself in a filthy cattle car heading toward Auschwitz, one of the most notorious of the Nazi concentration camps. She had been a member of the musical elite in Vienna and when Alma Rosť arrived in Auschwitz, she was recognized almost immediately and taken to a special music block. It was there that she discovered an orchestra of women prisoners and that she was expected to become their conductor.
Brown first became interested in the plight of musicians during the Holocaust in the early 1990s when she stumbled across a novel in a used bookstore where the main character was a violinist who smuggled false papers to help Jewish orchestra members.
Since that time, Brown has become a recognized expert on music of the Holocaust and specifically on the womenís orchestra at Auschwitz. She has published numerous articles on the subject and presented lectures throughout the country at conferences and academic institutions including the American String Teachers National Conference in Kansas City, Virginia Intermont College, Milligan College, East Tennessee State University, Northeast State Community College, Rocky Mountain Museum, the College Orchestra Directorís Association International Conference in Cincinnati, and the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers National Conference in Canton, Ohio.
Admission to the lecture is free, but tickets are required. Contact the NGU Cultural Events Office, 864.977.7085, to reserve your tickets today and for information on other NGU cultural events.
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