The Pasadena Conservatory of Music has released “Musical Interludes — Alice’s Piano,” a concert film produced in partnership with the Holocaust Museum LA and Steinway & Sons.
The film is inspired by pianist and Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer. PCM faculty members perform selections from Chopin’s etudes, as well as pieces that give voice to the Jewish experience. “Alice’s Piano” was filmed at HMLA and is narrated by PCM board member Jane Kaczmarek, with commentary by museum staff members and a recitation of the Kaddish by Joseph Alexander, a 97-year-old Holocaust survivor.
“The constraints of the pandemic inspired us to find new ways to present concerts to our community,” said Stephen McCurry, executive director of PCM. “We are thrilled to have partnered with the Holocaust Museum. The film was greatly enriched by their contributions, and the museum provided a compelling setting for telling Alice’s story.”
The project is part of PCM’s “Musical Interludes” series — virtual adaptations of PCM’s 27-year-old “Mansions & Music” concert series, in which PCM faculty members have performed in intimate and architecturally significant venues. “Musical Interludes” serves as a bridge between pre- and post-COVID-19 concerts.
“Alice’s Piano” can be viewed on PCM’s YouTube channel.
The conservatory provides opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds to study, perform and enjoy music. Founded in 1984, PCM is a nationally accredited community music school that offers a wide range of programs, including individual and group instruction, music appreciation courses, master classes, summer camps, workshops and concerts.
Each year, the conservatory presents more than 150 events, including the PCM Chamber Music Competition — one of the largest pre-collegiate chamber music competitions in the country. More than 1,200 students attend PCM annually and more than 3,000 benefit from its outreach programs. To learn more, visit pasadenaconservatory.org.