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19 December 2015

Preview 2016: music history exhibition 'Stars of David' at Jewish Museum Vienna

Annotation on 3 September 2016: The exhibition 'Stars of David. The Sound of the 20th Century' is open until 16 October 2016.

December is traditionally the month to look back what happened during the year and preview the things that will come. Previews of exhibition programs of the new year come in many cases as press information only. A more interactive way goes the Jewish Museum Vienna which connected its press release with the website where the upcoming exhibitions 2016 are already published in German and English language such as the show 'Stars of David: Vienna – New York – Hollywood' which starts on 13 April and will be on view until 2 October 2016. The musical journey begins in times of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, focuses on the interrelations between US and European music history and throws light on European immigrants who brought their music to America. One of the named protagonists is Irving Berlin (composer of film scores like 'White Christmas', 'Puttin' on the Ritz'...) whose family escaped in the 1890ies from the anti-Jewish pogroms in Russia and settled 1893 in New York.

fig.: Portrait of Irving Berlin. Photo: EMI; (C) EMI Archives.

Together with the information for a better understanding how US and European music (jazz, rock, pop...) grew together, 'Stars of David' tells the history of expulsion, persecution and consequently migration caused by the regime during the Nazi era.

It's announced that additionally to international stars, contemporary musicians from music scenes in Israel, France and Vienna will be on show.


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