Dr. David Fligg, Guest Speaker
Murry Sidlin, Host
In 1990, a suitcase was discovered in Prague. Its contents revealed a treasure-trove of musical compositions, photographs, and personal items belonging to the composer and pianist Gideon Klein, murdered by the Nazis at age 25. Based on new discoveries, this talk investigates how Klein continued to make music against all odds during the German occupation of Prague, and while imprisoned in the Terezín Concentration Camp.
Dr. Fligg's full-length biography on Gideon Klein, "Letter from Gideon," was published in December 2019 in Czech to mark Klein's centenary. The English version will be published later this year. David Fligg is the author of a number of recent journal articles and book chapters about Klein. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK) and Visiting Professor at Chester University (Chester, UK).