Arnold Schoenberg Celebration
April 14, 2017. 3:00 pm
Jan Popper Theater, in the Schoenberg Music Bldg. Schoenberg Music Building, 445 Charles E Young Dr E, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
Panel discussion with members of the Schoenberg family, performances of “Ode to Napoleon” and “Violin Fantasy”, and premiere of a film by David Starobin, “String Trio, Los Angeles 1946”. Performers include: Jocelyn Ho, Movses Pogossian, Neal Stulberg, Robert Winter, VEM String Quartet .
"String Trio, Los Angeles 1946" is a documentary film about the great 20th Century composer and teacher, Arnold Schoenberg. In August of 1946, Schoenberg's heart stopped beating. His "String Trio", was composed immediately after his recuperation, and is music in which he attempted to portray his close brush with death. The 50 minute documentary looks back at Schoenberg's 1933 departure from Nazi Germany and the composer's years in Los Angeles. Gertrud and Arnold Schoenberg's three children, Nuria, Ronald and Lawrence comment on their memories of their father, and Director Peter Sellars and violist Kim Kashkashian speak about the String Trio. The film ends with a complete performance of Schoenberg's "String Trio", played by violinist Movses Pogossian, violist Kim Kashkashian, and cellist Rohan de Saram. Their performance was filmed in Arnold Schoenberg's living room, in the house still occupied by the Schoenberg family. Written and directed by David Starobin, produced by Bridge Records, Inc.