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In the 1930s, thousands of artists, musicians, writers and creative minds began to flee Europe. The rise of fascism forced one of the greatest flights of cultural and intellectual talent in history — and many of those émigrés ended up in Los Angeles and created new lives for themselves. Their names are probably familiar to anyone who knows the golden age of Hollywood film: Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Franz Waxman, Max Steiner, Miklós Rózsa.

At 10 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 16, violinist Daniel Hope hosts a one-hour special on these Jewish composers who fled Europe during the Holocaust, eventually landing in Hollywood and creating some of the most memorable film scores and concert music of all time.

Program Details:

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
“Fighting Rivals” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
German Symphony Orchestra, Berlin
Gerd Albrecht, conductor

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35: III. Finale. Allegro assai vivace
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Alfred Wallenstein, conductor
Jascha Heifetz, violin

Miklós Rózsa
“Love theme” from Spellbound
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Alexander Shelley, conductor
Daniel Hope, violin

Miklós Rózsa
Theme and Variations
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Antonin Dvorák
Humoresque No. 7, Op. 101 – arranged by Franz Waxman
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Frank Brieff, conductor
Isaac Stern, violin

Franz Waxman
“The Ride of the Cossacks” from Taras Bulba
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Erich Kunzel, conductor

Franz Waxman
Sinfonietta for Strings and Timpani: III. Scherzo: Finale
Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Isaiah Jackson, conductor

Hanns Eisler
The Secret Marriage – arranged by Paul Bateman
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Alexander Shelley, Conductor
Sting, vocals
Daniel Hope, violin

Mario Castelnuevo-Tedesco
Sea Murmurs No. 1, Op. 9
Jascha Heifetz, violin
Arpád Sándor, piano

Eric Zeisl
Menuhim’s Song
Daniel Hope, violin
Jacques Ammon, piano

Max Steiner
Gone With the Wind: Main Theme
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Gerhardt, conductor