The Czech-German cultural project "Musica non grata", which began in 2020, is a partner of this year's "Summer School Terezín" hosted by the Terezín Composers' Institute at the former Terezín concentration camp. From August 17 to 19, students from Germany and the Czech Republic will jointly trace the musical lives of artists persecuted by the Nazis in lectures, discussions and concerts. A total of around 25 students from the Cologne University of Music and Dance and Masaryk University in Brno will be taking part. The event will conclude on August 19 with a concert at the German Embassy in Prague.
At the "Summer School Terezín" lectures by students and international lecturers are planned, among others by Dr. Tomáš Kraus (Secretary of the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic). Musically, the program includes works by "Terezín composers" such as Viktor Ullmann, Gideon Klein, Hans Krása, Pavel Haas and Erwin Schulhoff, as well as by Alban Berg, Ernst Bachrich, Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Alexander Zemlinsky. Music by composers Maria Herz, Ilse Weber and Vítězslava Kaprálová will also be heard.
The program of the "Summer School Terezín" is designed by Prof. Dr. Lubomír Spurný, Dr. Kai Hinrich Müller and Prof. Dr. Florence Millet.
The concerts with participation of students and teachers of the Cologne University of Music and Dance will be held in cooperation with the "EchoSpore“ initiative of the Lichterfeld Foundation and the Deutsche Bank Foundation, which is dedicated to the rediscovery of persecuted artists.
"Musica non grata" is also organizing several concerts in Prague to commemorate the establishment of the Terezín concentration camp 80 years ago.