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2014-2015 season

All concerts on the Main Stage in Wayland High School's North Building.

Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Darryl Hollister, piano
Emmanuel Feldman, cello
Phillip Lima, baritone
Melissa Mielens, flute

In a concert celebrating African-American and African composers.

JB Kwabena Nketia: Republic Suite for flute and piano
George Walker: Cello Sonata
Maurice Ravel: Chansons Madecasse
Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin

Friday, February 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Yevgeny Kutik, violin
Dina Vainshtein, piano

Beethoven: Violin Sonata #3 in Eb
Brahms: Violin Sonata #3
Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #2 in D
Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur le toit

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Nathan the Wise: Silent film with live musical accompaniment

This month we present the final performance of our 50th season. It is something a little different and a little special.

In 1922, Manfred Noa, a 27-year-old German-Jewish director, created a silent film based on Gotthold Lessing's 1779 play Nathan the Wise. The play, set in Jerusalem during the Crusades, features the wise Jewish merchant Nathan, the enlightened sultan Saladin, and a mysterious Knight Templar. I don't want to give away any of the film's suspenseful plot twists, but its main thrust is a heart-felt call for religious tolerance.

The church banned the play's performance during Lessing's lifetime. The Nazis banned Noa's film and destroyed all known copies of the film and it's musical score. In 1996, a copy of the film was unearthed in a Moscow archive; it had been filed with the title "The Storming of Jerusalem". In 2006, the film was restored and tinted. The Goethe Institute commissioned Boston composer Aaron Trant to create a new musical score.

On September 11, 2011, the restored film and its new music were given a premiere at the Coolidge Corner Theater; the music was played by Trant and his ensemble The After Trio. Organized by the Goethe Institut Boston and the National Center for Jewish Film, the premiere was presented in co-operation with the American Islamic Congress (AIC), The Center for German and European Studies, the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry, and the Department of Near East and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.

If you'd like to learn more about Nathan the Wise, here are some links. Beware: they do contain spoilers.
Here is a link to a Wikipedia article about the play.
Boston Globe
Coolidge Corner Theatre
The Arts Fuse