CMSPB Artistic Director and violinist Arnaud Sussmann and pianist Michael Brown return with the second installment of Jewish Voices, featuring music by Jewish composers whose lives and music were cut short or impacted by the Holocaust.

Jewish Voices II

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Text Translations

TEREZIN ANTHEM (Yes we can), Karel Schwenk

TEREZIN ANTHEM (Yes we can), Karel Schwenk

Those whose songs can overcome a thunderstorm,
who had laughter splashed into their crib
For whom crying for no reason is bad form,
who have known love, who have love to give,
everybody whether thus or otherwise,
who is glad, whatever life they have,
they don’t ever frown because they realize
they can sing on everyone’s behalf:

Yes we can if we stand
all together hand in hand,
our hearts full of humor, though the times are brutal,
day to day who can say
when we go or where we stay
and just thirty words are all that we may draft.
Hey ho! In the morning life begins,
the time is coming when
we can pack our little bundles up
and all go home again.
Yes we can if we stand
all together hand in hand
you and I and he and all of us will laugh.
[on the ruins of the ghetto we will laugh.]

Those who miss the mother city, and for whom
coffee with their turnips isn’t grand,
those whose spirits rise up when they hear Czech tunes,
those who slave till they can hardly stand,
everybody whether thus or otherwise,
though not happy this is all they have,
they can always find a way to harmonize
when we sing on everyone’s behalf:

Ref: Yes we can …

Those who live on tier three of a narrow bunk,
whom the shadows of the walls oppress,
those whose wive’s affairs have left them in a funk
all those whom the barrack blues depress,
everybody, those who hope or who despair
even they might catch a sunbeams’s shaft,
tries to walk a little straighter when they hear
Terezin’s march play on their behalf:

Ref: Yes we can …
on the ruins of the ghetto we will laugh.

Translation by Martin Rocek



Calmly, calmly shakes her curly green little-head
my cute-little-white little-birch-tree and prays without an end;
every, every little-leaf of-hers whispers quietly a prayer.
-- be-already little little-birch-tree pray you for me!
From-the far west has itself sadly stolen
in your thin little-branches a rose-colored, tender ray-of-light,
and a lightly kissed made the little-leaves those tiny-ones,
who have dozing-off listened to-the nightingale.
From the wide field has a tiny-breeze come
and told-to the little-leaves legends without an end,
Something has in heart deeply to me come (to)yearn
Please be-already little little-birch-tree, pray you for me


In little-forest by-the little-river there they grew
daisies lonesome and small
like tiny-little suns with little-white rays
with little-white Tra-la-la-la!
going is little-Chava quiet and wrapped-up-in-dreams,
flowing the golden-blonde locks
the little-neck bare and whispers sung
a little-song. Tra-la-la-la!
the sun has gone-down, the boy (has)disappeared
and little-Chava sits still in forest.
she looks in the distance and whispers dreamily
this little-song: tra-la-la-la.

A Mejdel in die Johren

I am already a little-girl in the old-age,
why have-you my the head spun-around?
I would have-already long a bride become
and maybe indeed wedding had.
You have me promised to take,
and I have for you waited;
why should-you, little-dear-one, me to-shame.
Why have-you you in me made-a-fool?

WIEGENLIED (Lullaby), Gideon Klein

Lie down my son, lie down restfully
Do not cry bitterly
Your mother is sitting next to you
Guarding against any evil

The jackal wails outside in the forest
And the wind is blowing there
Lie down my son, like down restfully
Sleep, sleep, slumber

Night, night, night shadow
Will fly very quickly
You mustn’t, mustn’t, mustn’t be lazy
Tomorrow it is necessary to work

Tomorrow father will go out to plough
In the farrow, father will walk
Only you my little son
Sleep, sleep, slumber

Featured Artists

Arnaud Sussmann

Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Arnaud Sussmann has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura, and profound musicianship. Minnesota’s Pioneer Press writes, “Sussmann has an old-school sound reminiscent of vintage recordings by Jascha Heifetz or Fritz Kreisler, a rare combination of sweet and smooth that can hypnotize a listener.”

Mr. Sussmann he has recently appeared as a soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, and the Vancouver, and New World Symphonies. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the Tel Aviv Museum, London’s Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, and the White Nights Festival in Saint Petersburg. He has also given concerts at the Caramoor, Music@Menlo, La Jolla SummerFest, Mainly Mozart, and Seattle Chamber Music festivals, collaborating with many of today’s leading artists including Itzhak Perlman, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Wu Han, David Finckel, and Jan Vogler.

Sussmann is Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Co-Director of Music@Menlo’s International Program, and teaches at Stony Brook University.

Michael Brown

“One of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performercomposers.” -New York Times Michael Brown has been described as “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performercomposers” (New York Times). Winner of a 2018 Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, he is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and an alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two). He makes regular appearances with orchestras such as the National Philharmonic, the Seattle, Grand Rapids, North Carolina, and Albany symphonies, and was selected by pianist András Schiff to perform an international solo recital tour, making debuts in Zurich’s Tonhalle and New York’s 92nd Street Y.

He has appeared at the Tanglewood, Mostly Mozart, Marlboro, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Tippet Rise, Bridgehampton, and Bard music festivals and performs regularly with his longtime duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis. A prolific composer, Mr. Brown’s Piano Concerto will be premiered in 2020 at the Gilmore Festival and by the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra in Poland. He was the composer and artist-in-residence at the New Haven Symphony for the 2017-19 seasons and a 2018 Copland House Award winner. He is the First Prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild competition, and earned degrees in piano and composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied with pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald and composers Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. A native New Yorker, he lives there with his two 19th-century Steinway D’s, Octavia and Daria.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Tickets must be purchased outside of your CMSPB membership

7:00pm: Concert

1450 S Dixie Hwy
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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