Discovering Karol Rathaus


Maestro Leon Botstein

Music Director and Principal Conductor of American Symphony Orchestra  and The Orchestra Now of Bard College, a scholar – an expert in the history of European music. President of Bard College,

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The Orchestra Now

The Orchestra Now (TŌN) is an innovative pre-professional orchestra and master’s degree program at Bard College that is preparing a new generation of musicians to break down barriers between modern audiences and great orchestral music of the past and present.

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Maestro Kenneth Woods

Music Director and Principal Conductor of English Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of Colorado Mahlerfest. A leading expert on music of composers  suppressed by the Nazis, via acclaimed recordings of music by Gál, Krása, Ullmann and Krenek.

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Maestro James Conlon

One of today’s’ most versatile and respected American conductors, the music director of Los Angeles Opera, and the principal conductor of RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Italy.  Maestro Conlon is well known for his efforts in promoting music of Jewish composers suppressed by the Nazis. 

Frank Harders-Wuthenow

Promotion Executve at Boosey and Hawkes, the largest specialist classical music publishing company in the world. Boosey and Hawkes published a large number of Karol Rathaus’ compositions, with Frank Harders being one of Rathaus’ major champions.

Amaury du Closel

Musical Director of Opéra Nomade, a nationwide opera touring company,  Artistic Director of an international opera course, L’Académie Lyrique, and  Artistic Director of the Silenced Voices Festival in Strasbourg. He is also an author of an award-winning book about European composers suppressed by the Nazis.

Maestra JoAnn Falletta

Music Director and Principal Conductor of Buffallo Philarmonic Orchestra. Recorded music of Karol Rathaus with London Symphony Orchestra.

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Donald Pirone
An American pianist, faculty member at the Aaron Copland School of Music, the author of dissertation “The Solo Piano Music of Karol Rathaus.” His multiple performances and recordings include the world premiere recording of Rathaus’ Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, performed with JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra.
Daniel Wnukowski

Polish-Canadian pianist. Wnukowski has performed throughout Europe, North America, South America and Asia with such orchestra as Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Windsor Symphony and Southfield Symphony and conductors such as Jerzy Maksymiuk, Alain Trudel and David Amos.

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Michael Haas

Award winning record producer, author of “Frobidden Music: Jewish composers banned by the Nazis”, senior researcher at the “ Zentrum” at Vienna University for Music and Performance Arts.

Leon Hyman

 Leon Hyman, the oldest of  Rathaus’ students, is a successful conductor, who  worked with  New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony Orchestra, and  the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He is a cofounder, principal conductor and music director of the New Philharmonic of New Jersey.

Patricia Schwarz
A close personal friend of Rathaus’ family. She passed away on May 26, 2016 several weeks after she graciously agreed to be interviewed for this film.
June Rathaus
June is a widow of Karol Rathaus’ son Bernt.
Allen Brings

Composer Allen Brings studied composition with Karol Rathaus, Otto Luening, Gardner Read, and Rodger Sessions. His published compositions, include works for orchestra, band, chorus, a wide variety of chamber ensembles, piano, organ, harpsichord, guitar, and voice. 

George Sturm

“I commuted to Queens College from the Bronx to study with Karol Rathaus”, said George Sturm, who later became a successful music publisher, a founder of Music Associates of America . 

Dan Morgenstern
Dan Morgenstern

Award-winning jazz journalist and historian, director emeritus of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, son of renowned Jewish writer Soma Morgenstern, who was a lifelong friend of Karol Rathaus.

Alex Kouguell
Alex Kouguell

An American cellist, a member of Queens College music department since 1949. As a member of Queens College Quartet performed Rathaus’ quartets and other chamber pieces for cello.

Samuel Adler (a screen capture)
Samuel Adler

An American composerconductor, author, and professor, a former faculty member at the University of Rochester‘s Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, author of over 400 published compositions.  He has been honored with several awards including Germany’s Order of Merit – Officer’s Cross.

Raul Peskow

An American composer born in Vienna, a former student of Karol Rathaus, a former faculty member at the music department of C.W. Post College, Long Island University, the author of over 150 published composition.

Henry Feingold

An American historian, the author of multiple books on the history of Jews in America including “The politics of rescue” and the five-volume set “Jews in America”

Neil Levin

Artistic Director of the Milken Archive since 1993, Neil W. Levin has devoted his professional and academic life to the scholarly study of the music of Jewish experience from historical, musicological, ethnological, Judaic, and cross-cultural perspectives.

Vladimir Stoupel

A pianist renown  for his performances as a soloist, conductor and chamber musician as well as multipole recordings including critically acclaimed recording of Rathaus piano works. Stoupel has performed among others with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and appeared on such stages as Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, and National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Tina Frühauf

Dr. Frühauf specializes in the history of Jewish music in Western Europe. She is the author of The Organ and Its Music in German-Jewish Culture (Oxford University Press, 2009/2012), and editor of An Anthology of German-Jewish Organ Music (A-R Editions, 2013, nominated for the Claude V. Palisca Award for Outstanding Edition), and Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture (OUP, 2014).