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A longtime advocate for music suppressed by the Nazi regime, Polish-Canadian pianist Daniel Wnukowski will make his New York debut this February at a Queens College festival celebrating the work of Karol Rathaus, the school’s first professor of composition. Rathaus, a Galician-Jewish composer, had a successful career in Berlin before fleeing in 1932 due to the deteriorating political situation in Germany. He began teaching at Queens College in 1938, a year after the college was founded.
The Karol Rathaus Festival, presented by the college’s Aaron Copland School of Music, will feature Wnukowski in a master class at the college, on Tuesday, February 19, at 3 pm, and in two concerts. On Thursday, February 21, at 7:30 pm, Wnukowski will perform the U.S. premiere of Rathaus’ Piano Sonata No. 2 at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan, and on Sunday, February 24, at 3 pm, he will perform the composer’s Piano Concerto with The Orchestra Now under Leon Botstein at LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College. The 1936 British drama Broken Blossoms, featuring a score composed by Rathaus, and a lecture by Dr. Michael Haas, a four-time Grammy award-winning record producer and director of Vienna University’s exile.Arte Center, are among the other festival presentations.