James Conlon
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James Conlon hosts Shadows in Paradise - Hitler's Exiles in Hollywood, premiering in New York on Thirteen/WNET

Thursday, October 9, 2008 AT 10:00 PM

Conductor James Conlon, vocal advocate for the study and performance of the repertoire of composers whose lives were affected by the rise of Nazism and the events of WWII, hosts Shadows in Paradise - Hitler's Exiles in Hollywood, a one-hour television program documenting the lives of German and Austrian composers and writers who fled the Nazi regime to Hollywood in search of new opportunities in music, art, theater and film. The program will air on New York's PBS station, Thirteen/WNET, on Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 10:00 p.m.

Combining interviews with rare archival footage, Shadows in Paradise portrays the vibrant atmosphere of the Los Angeles German-speaking exile community during the 1930s and 1940s, revealing their struggles, frustrations and accomplishments. By 1939, 30,000 intellectuals and radicals were exiled from Europe; eighty percent of which were Jewish. The events of WWII forced many of the greatest minds of the 20th century into exile in the United States. The scores of émigrés who settled in Southern California, such as composers Arnold Schoenberg, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Ernst Krenek, Erich Zeisl, and Walter Arlen, writers Thomas Mann and Bertolt Brecht, and director Fritz Lang, briefly transformed the area into one of the capitals of world culture, and profoundly altered the horizons of American music, literature, and the arts.

James Conlon, Music Director of LA Opera, the Ravinia Festival and the Cincinnati May Festival, is a leading advocate in the ongoing effort to raise public consciousness to the significance of neglected works of composers whose lives were impacted and whose compositions were banned by the Nazi regime.  Mr. Conlon programs this music and lectures on the subject throughout the U.S. and Europe, and features the composers' works in his Recovered Voices series at LA Opera, Breaking the Silence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia, as well as on many of his symphonic concert programs in Europe and the U.S.  In addition to the works of the composers mentioned above, Mr. Conlon programs those by Alexander Zemlinsky, Viktor Ullmann, Pavel Haas, Kurt Weill, and Karl-Amadeus Hartmann among others. In 1999 Mr. Conlon received the Zemlinsky Prize, awarded only once before, for his efforts in bringing the composer's music to international attention, and in 2007, for his efforts in championing the works of these composers, he received the Crystal Globe Award from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

Shadows in Paradise is a Peter Rosen Production, Inc. and WDR - Westdeutscher Rundfunk Koln production presented in association with KCET/Los Angeles and Arte. The documentary is co-produced by Peter Rosen and Sara Lukinson, directed by Peter Rosen, edited by Peter Rosen and Hilan Warshaw and sponsored by The Lloyd E. Rigler - Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation.

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