Arnold & Alma Rosé – icons of pre-war Viennese musical life

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Arnold & Alma Rosé – icons of pre-war Viennese musical life

  • 26 Jan 2021 — 26 Jan 2021
  • 7:00PM

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The ACF London is honoured to present a special virtual evening exploring the lives of Austrian musicians Arnold and Alma Rosé to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January.

Join us for an insightful conversation between Holocaust survivor and cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, the director of the House of Austrian History Monika Sommer, and historians Heidemarie Uhl and Michaela Raggam-Blesch.
Arnold and Alma Rosé, brother-in-law and niece of Gustav Mahler, were pivotal figures in Vienna’s musical milieu of the 1930s, whose careers were cut short following the annexation of Austria in 1938.

Thanks to the touring exhibition “Only the violins remain. Alma and Arnold Rosé“ organised by the House of Austrian History and curated by Heidemarie Uhl and Michaela Raggam-Blesch, new light has been shed on the lives of this outstanding father-daughter duo.

Tune in and explore the musical legacy of Arnold and Alma Rosé.

Chaired by the musicologist Beth Snyder.

The event will take place on Zoom.
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Anita Lasker-Wallfisch was a cellist in the Women's Orchestra in Auschwitz-Birkenau. After arriving in Britain in 1946 she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and co-founded the English Chamber Orchestra. She published her memoirs “Inherit the Truth” in 1996.

The historian and curator Monika Sommer is director of the House of Austrian History. She previously worked at the Vienna Museum and curated the cultural programme of the European Forum Alpbach.

Michaela Raggam-Blesch is a historian at the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna. From 1999-2003 she worked for the Leo Baeck Institute in New York. Her research focuses on Austrian Jewish history of the 19th and 20th century, Gender Studies and Memory Studies.

Heidemarie Uhl is a senior researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna and lecturer at the University of Vienna and the University of Graz. She holds a PhD in Contemporary History from the University of Graz and focuses amongst others on Memory Studies and theories of Culture, Identity, and Memory.

Beth Snyder is a Research Fellow at the Royal College of Music and is currently working on the ‘Music, Migration and Mobility’ project. She is a graduate of New York University’s doctoral programme in musicology, and also holds an M.A. and B.A. in philosophy.

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