Daniel Hope is a violinist with a mission
Hope learned that the composer was Czech and was born in 1919 to Jewish parents. Following a short and brilliant career, the composer died at the age of 26 at a concentration camp.
Since hearing that radio program, Hope has devoted much of his career as a soloist to championing works by composers whose careers and lives were cut short by the Nazi regime.
On Wednesday, he will perform a concert with members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at Schoenberg Hall at UCLA. The concert will feature music by Erwin Schulhoff, a Jewish composer who also happened to be a Communist. Schulhoff was imprisoned by the Nazis and ultimately died at a concentration camp in 1942.
Hope believes that Schulhoff's music is "powerful" regardless of the story connected to it.
Read the full story on Daniel Hope's concert in Sunday's Arts & Books section.
-- David Ng
Photo: Daniel Hope. Credit: Harald Hoffmann / Deutsche Grammophon