The Jewish History Museum has partnered with Arizona Opera to co-present a reception and lecture by ASU and Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts professor Sabine Feisst on Arizona Lady, the 1953 musical treasure of exiled Hungarian composer Emmerich Kálmán. In the wake of Hitler’s rise to power, many talented Jewish musicians had to flee Nazi-occupied Europe and some of them settled in the United States. Although often forced to redirect their artistic vision, they made invaluable contributions to America’s music culture. This talk will focus on the careers of three composers: Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who brilliantly scored Errol Flynn movies in Hollywood; Arnold Schoenberg who composed modernist music and became a sought-after teacher in Los Angeles; and Kurt Weill who made a name for himself on Broadway. The talk will provide fascinating context for AZ Opera’s production of Emmerich Kálmán’s Arizona Lady.

About Sabine Feisst

Sabine Feisst is Professor of Music at Arizona State University. Focusing on twentieth and twenty-first century music studies, she published the monographs Ideas of Improvisation in New Music (Studio Verlag, 1997) and Schoenberg’s New World: The American Years (Oxford University Press, 2011) which won the Society for American Music’s Lowens Award for the most outstanding book on American music in 2011. She also authored numerous essays in international professional journals and edited volumes. With Severine Neff, she is one of the co-editors of the nine-volume set Schoenberg in Words (Oxford University Press).