The key elements of the festival are Gustav Mahler, Terezín Composers, Terezín and Prague
GUSTAV MAHLER (7th July1860 Kaliště – 18th May 1911 Vienna)
is one of the world’s most successful composers with lifelong right of domicile in Jihlava. His genius is partly attributed to his natural
ability to straddle the subtle domains of both composition and interpretation. He was the chief conductor of orchestras
in Budapest, Prague, Vienna and New York.
Viktor Ullmann (1898 – 1942), Gideon Klein (1919 – 1945), Hans Krása
(1899 – 1944) and Pavel Haas (1899 – 1944) were acclaimed musicians and
are forever connected by the place where, despite awaiting deportation to the
extermination concentration camps, they were able to continue composing.
This place was the Ghetto at Terezín. Music theorists are full of praise for
them and appreciate their works as very distinctive; however, their works are
less well known and are rarely performed in live interpretation.
Is a city with exceptional music tradition and has all the prerequisites for being the ideal venue for the festival EVERLASTING HOPE. Gustav Mahler was an opera conductor here from 1885 to 1886. Hans Krása introduced his opus No. 1 in Prague in 1921. Gideon Klein studied in Prague under professor Hába. Viktor Ulmann served as a conductor at the New German Theatre of Prague from 1919 to 1927.
Is an unconquerable fortress originally designed for 5.000 soldiers which the Nazis have transformed into a Ghetto for more than 60.000 Jews in 1940s. Terezín was not primarily an extermination camp, it was a transit camp; a temporary halt on the road to other extermination camps. Consequently, in rare moments of freedom, even in the midst of persistent humiliation behind the prison walls and the submachine guns of the guards, it was possible to enjoy concerts of classical music and operas. Here the composers, realizing their end was near, worked as hard as they could to create their music. Terezín represents a venue where music was composed for the future despite the constant encompassing presence of death.