Triumph of the Spirit: Holocaust Stories through Music

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 10 AM & 12 PM
The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts

Co-presented by The Soraya’s Arts Education team
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In collaboration with the Arts Education team at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, the LAJS was proud to present the education program Triumph of the Spirit: Holocaust Stories Through Music with two concerts on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 10 am and 12 pm.

Geared for grades 4-12, Triumph of the Spirit celebrates the power of music as a tool for survival, resilience and resistance. The program also gives students an introduction to concepts related to the symphony, including orchestral instruments, composition, conducting and more.

The concert featured the stories of three extraordinary Holocaust survivors and the music that they created against all odds: Shony Braun, Władysław Szpilman, and Herbert Zipper. 


A headshot of Founding LAJS Concertmaster Mark Kashper

An active recitalist and avid chamber music player, Mark Kashper performs extensively in the Los Angeles area and throughout the United States. Since the creation of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony in the Spring of 1994, he has also been busy as that orchestra’s founding principal concertmaster and frequent featured soloist, performing throughout Southern California and touring in New York and Israel. In February 2000, Kashper was the soloist in performances of Korngold’s Violin Concerto with the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra conducted by its then-Music Director, Gisèle Ben-Dor.

Featured soloist Samuel Glicklich

Samuel Glicklich, 21, is currently a Bachelors of Music Candidate at the Colburn Conservatory where he studies with Fabio Bidini. He is also mentored by Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

An international prize winner, Samuel was most recently awarded 3rd prize at the 2021 Singapore International Piano Competition. He has also been awarded the gold medal in the Seattle International Piano Competition, first prize in the Glendale Piano Competition, and was a winner of the Aspen Music Festival concerto competition, resulting in a performance with the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Ludovic Morlot. Samuel was also a prize winner in the 2021 Canada International Piano Competition, as well as finalist for the Mondavi Young Artist Competition and the Music Center’s Spotlight Awards, and a semifinalist of the MPrize Competition, as well as a National YoungArts Winner in 2018.


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Established in 1954, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles manages charitable assets of more than $1.5 billion entrusted to it by 1,400 families. The Foundation partners with donors to shape meaningful philanthropic strategies, magnify the impact of giving, and build enduring charitable legacies. In 2021, The Foundation and its donors distributed $123 million to more than 2,000 nonprofits that span the range of philanthropic giving. Over the past ten years, it has distributed nearly $1 billion to thousands of nonprofits across a diverse spectrum.

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USC Shoah Foundation continues to record interviews with Holocaust survivors as part of the Last Chance Testimony Collection Initiative, an urgent effort to give voice to survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust with the goal of educating people around the globe. Testimonies are saved and shared through our Visual History Archive and programs worldwide.

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Founded by Michael and Lowell Milken in 1982, the Milken Family Foundation strives to discover and advance inventive, effective ways of helping people help themselves and those around them lead productive and satisfying lives. The means most conducive to achieving these goals is through education.