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WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2021 at 10 AM (ET)

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Mackenzie Phillips



“Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern’s Opera The Anointed, the Koussevitzky Foundation, and the Music of Holocaust Memory in the Early Cold War ,” Mackenzie Pierce, PhD, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Michigan

Professor Mackenzie Pierce analyzes one of the earliest operas that commemorates the Holocaust, The Anointed (1951) by Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern. Drawing on unexamined materials from the Koussevitzky papers and Koussevitzky Foundation’s collection at the Library of Congress, Pierce examines how Holocaust survivors deployed music to navigate the often incompatible personal, political, and commemorative demands of the early postwar period.

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