Symphony concertmaster David Felberg will take center stage to perform Bruce Adolphe’s Concerto for Violin (“I will not remain silent”), a passionate retelling of the life of the rabbi Joachim Prinz.
Prinz grew up in Germany and very early recognized the threat posed by Hitler and the Nazis. He spoke out vigorously, warning Jews of the imminent danger and encouraging them to protect themselves.
Expelled from Germany in 1937, he came to the U.S., where he committed himself to the civil rights movement with equal fervor. He was an organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, where he spoke before Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. He warned that “the most urgent, the most disgraceful and most tragic problem is silence.”
“Bruce was a classmate of mine at Juilliard,” conductor Guillermo Figueroa said. “Bruce is related to Prinz. I thought it would be a perfect piece for David (Felberg).”