Dear Erich – A Jazz Opera By Ted Rosenthal at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Sat, August 6, 2022
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This concert performance features members of the NYC Opera cast, accompanied by renowned jazz pianist Ted Rosenthal and his trio with special guest, NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Dave Liebman. Rosenthal’s jazz opera Dear Erich tells a refugee story for our times. Inspired by letters written in Germany between 1938 and 1941 by Herta Rosenthal to the composer’s father, Dear Erich depicts a family’s dual fates. Erich, a Jewish academic, escapes Nazi Germany to the U.S. and a new life of studies, jazz, and love – while the deteriorating situation in Germany leads to his family’s cruel and untimely demise at the hands of the Nazis. Frustrated and powerless to help them emigrate, Erich must live with deep survivor guilt which affects his relationships with his wife and children. ...