Pittsburgh Opera’s upcoming ‘Song Shop’ concert features Violins of Hope on November 4th

The FREE concert honors Jewish composers put on the list of “Entartete Musik” (Degenerate Music) during Nazi era Germany.

The Song Shop concerts are free, hour-long events monthly during the Opera’s season, on a Saturday at noon at Pittsburgh Opera’s headquarters, the Bitz Opera Factory, in the Strip District. Each event typically has a theme to it.

This concert will feature the works of persecuted composers Kurt Weill, Erich Korngold, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Viktor Ullmann, Ruth Schoenthal, and others as sung by our Resident Artist singers. Many of these composers left Nazi Germany to pursue lives and careers in other countries, primarily in the United States. Others suffered a tragic fate in concentration camps.

The November 4th Song Shop is partnering with Violins of Hope.

Here are some highlights of what’s in store this Saturday.

  • The concert will feature the works of Jewish composers put on the list of “Entartete Musik” (Degenerate Music) during Nazi-era Germany.
  • Each piece will be framed by a short narration about each composer, giving historical context to their work.
  • The Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, Charles Stegeman, will perform a work by Ernest Bloch on one of the actual Violins of Hope.
  • Additional Violins of Hope will be displayed in our lobby for patrons to view.


Tickets are free, but registration is required. Register at: https://pghopera.typeform.com/to/wLTdNwFo?typeform-source=www.pittsburghopera.org

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