the saved music: francesco lotero in concert
November 12, 2018
More than just a concert: Music rescued from the depths of the past, performed to inspire the future.
Francesco Lotoro, an Italian composer, pianist and music teacher, brings to life music composed in the concentration camps. Lotoro will perform a concert in Toronto presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in collaboration with Foundation ILCM (Institute of Concentrationary Music Literature), 918 Bathurst, and iConcerti – Classical Music Artist management.
Amidst the horrors of the concentration camps, musicians kept playing and secretly composing in the hope that their music would some day be played again in a spirit that celebrated life and the defiant survival of people.
The monumental repertoire of music written in concentration camps would mostly have been lost had it not been for the work of Francesco Lotoro, who managed to recover thousands of musical testimonies, scouring archives and camp barracks, interviewing musicians interned in lagers and anybody who might have been involved in their diaries, who kept scores that miraculously survived or was simply a witness of events that involved them.
The compositions selected for this concert will be performed by Francesco Lotoro, piano, Cantor Charles Osborne, Igor Gefter, cello, Mark Skazinetsky, violin.