The Wallis - Bram Goldsmith Theater
9390 North Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills

  • 1677160908 back image world premiere shanghai sonatas a new musical concert

A compelling tale of how the unifying power of music brings cultures together, Shanghai Sonatas tells the story of Jewish refugee musicians finding sanctuary in the Jewish Ghetto of Shanghai in the 1940’s. As a Jewish violinist takes on a troubled Chinese teenager as his student, a connection is made that helps both of them overcome their trauma and survive the war. This musical theater work, setting ripples in motion that carry through to this day, is based on first-person accounts of European musicians who used their optimism, humor, and musical talents to survive, forging friendships with their Chinese neighbors who saved their lives until Allied forces brought freedom to the region in 1945.

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