April 14: Arnold Schoenberg celebration and film premiere

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Join the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music on Friday, April 14, at 3 p.m. in Jan Popper Theater for a celebration of world-renowned 20th-century composer and UCLA composer, the late Arnold Schoenberg.

The event will feature performances of Schoenberg’s “Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, Op. 42” and “Phantasy for Violin and Piano, Op. 47” with performers Jocelyn Ho and Robert Winter on piano; Movses Pogossian on violin; the VEM String Quartet, and Neal Stulberg as conductor.

Following the performance, there will be the premiere of a new film by David Starobin, “String Trio, Los Angeles 1946”, a documentary about Schoenberg. In August of 1946, Schoenberg’s heart stopped beating. He composed “String Trio” immediately after his recuperation to try and describe his brush with death.

The 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 in the film about their memories of their father, and director Peter Sellars and violist Kim Kashkashian speak about the “String Trio.”

After the movie, there will be a panel discussion with members of the Schoenberg family.

This event, presented by Chamber Music at UCLA, is free, open to the public, and made possible by the David and Irmgard Dobrow Fund.