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The Colburn School highlights the distinctive voice and powerful music of Erwin Schulhoff in Shapeshifter: The Music of Erwin Schulhoff on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. Nearly erased by the Nazi regime, the music of Schulhoff is given new life by Colburn’s Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices. Enjoy live performances of works from the album as well as a Q&A with the artists in Zipper Hall. This event is free, but tickets are required.

Effortlessly shifting between styles, Schulhoff’s compositions were influenced by Dada, Impressionism, Jazz, Czech national music and Socialist Realism. Join young artists from the Colburn School as they share their journey of discovery and perform works from Shapeshifter. While his music has been gradually emerging from near-total obscurity in recent years, Shapeshifter is notable as the first album-length example taken up by American musicians of classical’s ascendant “next generation.” 

This concert is presented as part of the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices, a unique Colburn resource that encourages greater awareness and more frequent performances of music by composers whose careers and lives were disrupted or ended during the years of the Nazi regime in Europe. Led by Artistic Director James Conlon, the Recovered Voices initiative brings this important repertory back to life for generations to come through performances, classes, competitions, symposia, recordings and more.

Zipper Hall

Colburn School
200 S. Grand Ave.
LA 90012
(213) 621-2200

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Photo credit: Image courtesy of the Colburn School