EXIT: MUSIC Film Screening & Artists of the Royal Conservatory Ensemble Performance

June 12, 2018

7:00PM - 9:00PM

Center for Jewish History

Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York NY 10011

Join the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as we collaborate with the Center for Jewish History and The Royal Conservatory for a poignant evening of film and music. The event begins with a screening of EXIT: MUSIC, a documentary that focuses on how anti-Semitism affected Jewish composers, including those who landed in Israel and composed for the Palestine Symphony. Next, enjoy a performance of the music by the acclaimed Grammy nominated ARC Ensemble, followed by a Q & A with the film’s writer and Director of the ARC Ensemble, Simon Wynberg, and concluding with a private reception.


Tickets $50 and $100. Email or call 212-267-2949 for details.


Watch the Trailer for EXIT: MUSIC


About the EXIT: MUSIC Documentary

Before the arrival of Adolf Hitler in 1933, Germany was the centre of the musical world. Within five years, thousands of musicians had fled the country as the Nazi regime tightened its race laws and fashioned its cultural image. EXIT: MUSIC examines the anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany’s music industry, how Jewish composers were deemed incapable of originality, and how the Third Reich hijacked German music for propaganda purposes. It explores and compares the lives of five composers, the stories of their escape; the ways in which exile shaped their identities and careers, and how their music all but disappeared after the war:

Their stories are told by family members and biographers, with commentary from experts in the field and the inclusion of rare archival footage. Their music is performed by the ARC Ensemble (Artists of the Royal Conservatory) which has spent the last decade restoring suppressed masterpieces to the repertoire.


About The ARC Ensemble  (Artists of The Royal Conservatory)

Nominated for its third Grammy in 2016, the ARC Ensemble is one of Canada’s most distinguished cultural ambassadors. The ensemble has appeared at major festivals and series including the Budapest Spring Festival, Enescu Festival (Bucharest), New York’s Lincoln Center Festival, Canada’s Stratford Festival, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore and Cadogan Halls and Washington’s Kennedy Center.

Comprised of the senior faculty of The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, with special guests drawn from the organization’s most accomplished students and alumni, the ARC Ensemble’s performances and recordings (on Sony and Chandos) are broadcast around the world and have earned unanimous critical acclaim. The ensemble has built an international reputation for the research and recovery of a vast corpus of suppressed music, and its “Music in Exile” series, dedicated to composers who fled the Third Reich, has been presented in Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Rome, Toronto, New York and London. A growing number of 20th century masterworks are rejoining the repertoire as a result of the ARC Ensemble’s pioneering recordings and performances. Its work is  explored in EXIT: MUSIC, a documentary premiered in November 2016 which recently acquired global distribution.

The ARC Ensemble’s most recent release is devoted to the music of the Auschwitz survivor and onetime conductor of the camp’s orchestra, Szymon Laks. 


About The Center for Jewish History

The Center for Jewish History in New York City illuminates history, culture, and heritage. The Center provides a collaborative home for five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

The partners’ archives comprise the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel. The collections span a thousand years, with more than 5 miles of archival documents (in dozens of languages and alphabet systems), more than 500,000 volumes, as well as thousands of artworks, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films, and photographs.

The Center’s experts are leaders in unlocking archival material for a wide audience through the latest practices in digitization, library science, and public education. As one of the world’s foremost research institutions, the Center offers fellowships, a wide array of exhibitions, symposia, conferences and lectures. The Center is a Smithsonian Affiliate, and is a partner of the Google Cultural Institute.

The Center for Jewish History is home to the Lillian Goldman Reading RoomAckman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, the David Berg Rare Book Room and the Collection Management & Conservation WingPublic programs create opportunities for diverse audiences to explore the rich historical and cultural material that lives within the Center’s walls.