Volume 94, Issue 78

Friday, February 9, 2001


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Krenek exhibition more than music

By Rebecca Morier
Gazette Staff

Today, various arts will mesh together to honour Ernst Krenek, a man of the 20th Century.

At the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre at 4 p.m. today, an exhibit entitled, Ernst Krenek: Companion of the 20th Century opens in celebration of the life and work of composer, music theorist, teacher, writer and painter, Ernst Krenek. The exhibition boasts paintings, letters, photographs, scores, audio stations and a video presentation.

Elizabeth Grant, organizer of the exhibit as well as PhD candidate in systematic musicology, highlights the forging of different media as one of the exhibition's features. "It's wonderful because it's really interdisciplinary," she said. "Krenek was a great intellect, a prolific composer and a writer."

Grant also expressed her excitement in what she is sure will be an engaging exhibition. "I am eagerly anticipating it," she said. "It looks at a fascinating period in which the Nazis tried to control every sphere of people's lives – even the arts – but obviously failed."

Today's opening, which ushers in the week-long event, has an impressive program. Joan Evans, an adjunct faculty member of the York University faculty of graduate studies and authority on musical life in 1930s Germany, will be delivering her paper based on the new music in Nazi Germany.

"I will be clearing some of the misconceptions that we have as to the place of new music in Nazi Germany, and put into context aspects of Krenek's background and the items in the exhibition," Evans said.

Christopher Hughes, a fourth-year vocal performance student, will perform selections from Krenek's "Reisebuch Aus Den Osterreichischen Alpen" Opus 62 along with pianist Charmaine Martin and soprano Hannah Shelton.

"The exhibition is great for students interested in [visual] art and in the arts in general. Krenek's output is not just music, but art and literature," Hughes said. "This exhibition and others like it are important because they revive figures like Krenek who have been ignored."

Although it has been shown across Europe and North America, its run on Western's campus is the only Canadian venue. John Hatch, professor of visual arts, remarked on how fortunate the local community is to be the host of the exhibition.

"We were very lucky," he said. "Krenek is a barometer of the 20th Century in terms of the people he knew and was associated with."

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