Exit: Music

Dir. James Murdoch
(82 min, CanadaGermanyIsraelUnited States, 2016)
Documentary
Mid-Atlantic Premiere

Before 1933, Germany was the center of the music world. Within five years, thousands of musicians fled as the Nazi regime tightened its race laws.

Exit: Music examines how anti-Semitism manifested in the music industry and the Third Reich’s insidious hijacking of German music for propaganda purposes. It explores the lives and exile of five composers—Paul Ben-Haim, Adolf Busch, Walter Branfels, Erich Korngold, and Mieczyslaw Weinberg—contrasting the stories of their escape, exile, and artistic output, and finally, resurrecting their all-but disappeared music.

Co-presented by German Historical Institute Canada Institute Goethe-Institut Washington

Screenings

Sunday, May 21, 2:00 pm
Bethesda Row Cinema
7235 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD

Tuesday, May 23, 8:45 pm
E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW
Washington, DC

E Street Cinema elevators are unavailable for the remainder of the Festival. If you can't use an escalator, and have purchased tickets to an E Street screening, contact boxoffice@wjff.org for a credit or refund.

Preview
Guests

Both screenings followed by a Q&A with film writer and narrator Simon Wynberg.

Simon Wynberg enjoys a diverse career as a guitarist, chamber musician and artistic director. He has programmed chamber-music festivals in Scotland and the Caribbean and was artistic director of Music at Speedside and the Guelph Spring Festival in Canada from 1994 to 2002. His entry in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians describes him as “not only a virtuoso performer of distinction but one of the guitar’s foremost scholars.”

He has edited over 60 volumes of hitherto unknown guitar music and his many recordings (on Chandos, ASV, Hyperion, Narada, Stradivari, Vox and Naxos) have received glowing reviews and awards, including a Penguin CD Guide Rosette, a Gramophone Critics’ Choice, and a Diapason Award.

He has performed at the Newport, Bermuda, Sitka, Ann Arbor, Santa Fé and Ottawa chamber music festivals, as well as at New York’s Bargemusic and throughout Europe. His collaborations with many celebrated artists include the English Chamber Orchestra, the flautist William Bennett, the Gabrieli String Quartet and the violinists Mark Peskanov and Martin Beaver. He is the curator of ARC’s musical projects, including the “Music in Exile” series, and is the Executive Producer of ARC’s recordings.

Tickets

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E Street Cinema elevators are unavailable for the remainder of the Festival. If you can’t use an escalator, and have purchased tickets to an E Street screening, contact boxoffice@wjff.org for a credit or refund.

This event finished on May 24, 2017.