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Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, adapted by Michael Bloom.
November 7-11, 2018
Montgomery College, Rockville, MD.
On October 1, 1933, the Kulturbund opened with their first production, Nathan the Wise. The Nazis shut down the production after opening night.
First published in 1779 by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Nathan the Wise is an appeal for religious tolerance. Forbidden by the Church during Lessing’s lifetime, it was first performed in 1783 in the Döbbelinsches Theatre in Berlin. Set during the Third Crusade in Jerusalem, the play illustrates how the wise Jewish merchant Nathan, the enlightened sultan Saladin, and the (previously anonymous) Templar bridge their gaps between Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Nathan the Wise is a moralistic work that preaches a message of harmony and tolerance among all religions.
“Power Plays: Make Art Not War”
November 8, 2018, 9:30am-10:45am
Theatre Arts Arena, Rockville Campus
Montgomery College, Rockville, MD.
Gail Prensky and Cindy Oxberry will lead a presentation and workshop using arts to address the oppression of marginalized and maligned communities.
This event is free and open to the public.
THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE
At the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Family Theater, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC.
Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen,
adapted and directed by Hershey Felder
A Jüdische Kulturbund Project event with a post-show discussion
September 15 at 8:00 PM
Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall is dashed by the onset of World War II. Despite devastating personal loss, music enables Jura to endure and pursue her dreams. Performed by Jura’s daughter, Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek, The Pianist of Willesden Lane combines enthralling story telling with breath-taking live performances of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and more.
“This elegant, heartfelt solo show…is an arresting, deeply affecting triumph.” — The Los Angeles Times
Call (202) 467-4600 or visit TheaterJ.org to purchase tickets.
Premiering at Settlement Music School
June 9, 2018, 7:00pm-9 pm
Mary Louise Curtis Branch, 416 Queen Street, Philadelphia PA 19147
Reserve a seat on our Evite, here.
Two Pianos: Playing for Life. A classical music performance with readings, narration, and archival-image projections that tells the story of three female pianists from the Leipzig Kulturbund, performed by internationally-acclaimed “Four Hands” performers Diana Shapiro (born in Moscow) and Stanislava Varshavski (born in Kharkov). For more information, please read more about Two Pianos here.
Kehila Chadasha Sunday School/Adult Program
May 6, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814
Gail Prensky, creator, executive producer, and project director of The Jüdische Kulturbund Project, tells the stories of artists living under oppression and their response through their music and art.
Sandy Spring Museum History Happy Hour—November 30, 2017, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Sandy Spring, MD
Hear Gail Prensky tell the extraordinary story of the Jüdische Kulturbund and discuss her project’s initiatives: multimedia play, dramatic feature film, and education programs based on the Kulturbund’s history. Gail connects the work of those performers to current-day artists creating art under oppression.
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA—November 13, 2017
“The Art and Resiliency of the Human Spirit”, a multimedia program presented by Gail Prensky, creator and executive producer with music performed by Sarah Baumgarten, soprano, and Edward Tarzia, piano. Hosted by Classrooms Without Borders. A program by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.
“A Musical Evening”, November 2, 2017, Judiciary Committee Room, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC
Hosted by Congressman Jamie Raskin and The Judische Kulturbund Project
Multimedia presentation by Project creator and executive producer Gail Prensky. Performance by Sarah Baumgarten, vocals and Patrick O’Donnell, piano
“A Cabaret Evening”, March 22, 2017, at 7:00 pm at the Jewish Museum of Maryland
Hosted by The Judische Kulturbund Project
Performance by Sarah Baumgarten, vocals and Patrick O’Donnell, piano
“The Jüdische Kulturbund-The Art and Resiliency of the Human Spirit” multimedia presentation by Gail Prensky of the Judische Kulturbund Project Musical presentation by Sarah Baumgarten.
CULTURE AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
Region Värmland and the National Theatre of Värmland invite to the Commissioner briefing on 7-8 September 2016 in Karlstad, Sweden.
All regional and local consultants / developers / promoters in the performing arts, art and design, crafts, film and library and museum activities attend this conference where we will discuss current issues and exchanged experiences. The main speaker is Gail Prensky, creator and executive producer, The Jüdische Kulturbund Project. Read Gail’s presentation introduction here.
“Friendraiser” hosted by Jeffrey Slavin and Wendy Frosh-June 23, 2016
Chevy Chase, MD
Thanks to the generosity and support of Jeffrey Slavin, the Mayor of Somerset, and Wendy Frosh, The Jüdische Kulturbund introduced our initiatives, receiving appreciation and support from more than 50 guests!
Tikvat Israel Congregation—May 2, 2016, 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
“The Judische Kulturbund Project: Art and Resiliency of the Human Spirit,” presented by Gail Prensky, creator and executive producer. A multimedia presentation about Jewish artists and musicians responding to oppression in Nazi Germany by performing their art, demonstrating their will to survive and the power of the human spirit.
The Westchester Cooperative Library—April 20, 2016, 7:30 PM
“The Jüdische Kulturbund”. Speaker Gail Prensky, Executive Producer The Jüdische Kulturbud Project.
Jewish Museum of Maryland—February 21, 2016, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
“Playing for Life” Art Under Tyranny”. Speaker Gail Prensky, Executive Producer, The Jüdische Kulturbund Project. Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage-February 17, 2016, 7:00 PM
New York City, NY
Eugene Drucker takes the stage to perform Bach’s Sarabande and Chaconne. Following Eugene’s performance, creator and executive producer of the J̹üdischer Kulturbund Project, will present a multimedia program “Playing for Life: Art Under Tyranny”, discussing the history and relevance of the Jewish Kulturbund. The program closes with a discussion about Eugene’s father Ernst Drucker, a violinist in the Kulturbund, and a question and answer segment with the audience.
Gail Prensky, Executive Producer of the Jüdische Kulturbund Project presented “Art Under Tyranny” at the Hadassah Greater Washington luncheon. Gail brings to this project a deep and first-hand understanding of the Kulturbund’s spirit and recognizes that their issues of living under tyranny continue with artists around the world today.
Paul Peck Humanities Institute Keynote Presentation—April 22, 2015
Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
Gail Prensky’s keynote presentation at The Paul Peck Humanities Institute-Montgomery College Holocaust Commemoration, April 22, 2015. Musicians performing are Lauren Gray on flute, Billy Kahkonen on bassoon, and Mike Langlois on piano.