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Insights Series: Gazing into the Totalitarian Abyss – Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero
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Location: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater  (Directions)
Price Range: $20
Wed, Jun, 5, 2013
6:30 PM
Luigi Dallapiccola (1904–1975), one of the most significant Italian composers of the twentieth century, was eighteen years old when Benito Mussolini and his Fascist Party came to power, and he lived his next two decades under the regime. Harvey Sachs, the New York Philharmonic’s Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence and author of the groundbreaking study Music in Fascist Italy, will speak about music in Mussolini’s Italy in general and about Dallapiccola and fascism in particular. Cellist Eileen Moon performs Dallapiccola’s Ciaccona, Intermezzo e Adagio.
Harvey Sachs


Harvey Sachs

From 2011 to 2013 Harvey Sachs was the Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic. He has published nine books — of which there are now almost 70 editions in 17 languages — including well-known biographies of Arturo Toscanini and Arthur Rubinstein, a history (Music in Fascist Italy), two collections of essays on musical subjects, and, as co-author, the memoirs of Plácido Domingo and Sir Georg Solti. He also compiled, edited, and translated The Letters of Arturo Toscanini (Knopf, 2002). His most recent book, The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824, was published by Random House in 2010 and is currently being reissued in paperback. Mr. Sachs has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Times Literary Supplement (London), La Stampa (Italy), and numerous other newspapers and periodicals, as well as for radio and television networks including the BBC, CBC, PBS, and RAI. He is on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, has lectured at many important North American and European universities and cultural institutions, and has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a fellow of the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and a fellowship recipient from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Mr. Sachs is the former artistic director of Italy’s prestigious concert organization Società del Quartetto di Milano.

Cello, Associate Principal, The Paul and Diane Guenther Chair
Eileen Moon

Eileen Moon joined the cello section of the New York Philharmonic in 1998 and was named Associate Principal Cello, The Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Guenther Chair, in 2007. A native of California, she began her studies with Irene Sharp at the San Francisco Conservatory and subsequently received a bachelor’s of music degree from The Juilliard School and a performance diploma from the Hochshule für Musik in Vienna, Austria. 

Ms. Moon won fourth prize at the Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition in Moscow in 1994, and second prize at the Geneva International Cello Competition in 1991, resulting in performances in France and a radio recording in Switzerland. She has performed chamber music at numerous venues in and around New York City and appears frequently with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Concert Hall.

Ms. Moon currently serves in an organizational role for a number of charitable causes as both a performer and presenter. Her passion for animals resulted in the formation of Friends of Warwick Valley Humane Society, an auxiliary group devoted to fundraising through educational seminars and performances. In addition, she is involved with The Artemis Project, a non-profit animal rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption organization in New York City, which she co-founded in 2000 with Philharmonic colleague Dorian Rence. Ms. Moon is a strong advocate for Celebrate Life Half Marathon, whose mission is to assist cancer patients with treatment and associated care.

Eileen Moon is artistic advisor at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Sullivan County, New York, and curator and presenter of its chamber music series, Sundays with Friends. She is founder and artistic director of Warwick Music Series in Warwick, New York, where she resides with Principal Horn Philip Myers and their animals.

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