Strings in the Shadows: The Motyl Chamber Ensemble is Coming to Newburgh,students

Publish date: November 2012 (tickets are no longer available)

If survivors of the Nazi regime could put their lives to music, what would it sound like, and what would it be called? What if you could hear it? This weekend You can.

The Motyl Chamber Ensemble will be coming to  Temple Beth Jacob (290 North St. in Newburgh, NY) to perform music written by composers who were victims of the Nazi regime.

In his book, The Artists of Terezin, author Gerald Green describes how--in spite of their physical and mental persecution--"a distinctive and remarkable culture flourished" in the concentration camp as artists used their natural creative talents to "rebel" against the Nazis by continuing to compose, paint, and write about their experiences, at great personal risk of being caught and brutally punished. They used their art as a weapon…a weapon which revealed the truth about what was happening to them.

This Saturday evening (November 17th) at 7:30 pm, the entire Emsemble, joined by Temple Bech Jacob's own Cantor Amy Goldstein (soprano extrordinaire), will perform the music from Terezin concentration camp,  including a multimedia description of the musical and artistic life at  Terezin.

Dr. Aleeza Wadler, a renowned violinist and founder of the Motyl Chamber Ensemble, will address the congregation for their Scholar in Residence program. The Community is Invited to Attend.

Violinist ALEEZA WADLER began her studies in New York and by the age of sixteen, gave her debut with the Brooklyn Philharmonic performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor. She is an active chamber musician and has participated in music festivals around the world including the Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood, Kent Blossom and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. Dr. Wadler has performed with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, ALEA III in Boston and the International Symphony Orchetsra in Israel. She has served as concertmaster of the Boston University Orchestra and as assistant concertmaster of the Aspen Sinfonia Orchestra and the Jerusalem Rubin Academy Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Wadler was the recipient of both Duke University's Benenson Award in the Arts given to the top undergraduate in an Art field.  She used the award to attend the Aspen Music Festival.  She was also the recipient of the Vivian E. Smith Music Award to attend Boston University. She holds a Bachelor degree from the Indiana University School of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Sylvia Rosenberg. She completed her thesis, "Strings in the Shadows: A Portrait of Three Violinists in the Terezin Concentration Camp" as part of receiving a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Boston University.

Dr. Wadler has presented papers at the College Music Society's National Conference, regional chapter meetings and international conferences focused on Music and the Holocaust.  Her articles and recordings can be found on ORT's Music of the Holocaust website.  Past teaching appointments include faculty positions at the United Nations International School, the Elisabeth Morrow School and the Saint Davids School.  Dr. Wadler resides on the Upper West Side with her husband and children.)

This will be an exciting weekend and all are welcome. Reservations: (845) 562-5516 or

Prices are as  follows:

  • $20 for TBJ members
  • $15 for senior citizens
  • $10 for students.....with valid ID

The Ensemble has performed all over the New York area and will be coming to Newburgh November 16-17, 2012 at Temple Beth Jacob, 290 North Street, Newburgh, New York.