Pianist Carolyn Enger to perform at BBPAC

The Black Box Performing Arts Center invites you to a live music concert featuring acclaimed local pianist Carolyn Enger on Sunday, September 19 at 4 p.m. Collaborating with Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, producer and director Elliott Forrest (WQXR), photographer and filmmaker Myles Aronowitz, and internationally exhibited photographer and environmental activist J Henry Fair, this cinematic experience transports listeners to a meditative space. It invites introspection on our place on the planet, inspiring actions to protect our beautiful and fragile world. Ms. Enger will accompany the film, performing music by JS Bach, John Luther Adams, Eric Satie, Oliver Messiaen, John Cage, Caroline Shaw, Wolfgang Rihm, Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass and Claude Debussy.

Tickets can be purchased here: https://ci.ovationtix.com/35762/production/1079570

BBPAC is a non-profit arts organization, located at 49 E Palisade Ave in Englewood, NJ. For more information on upcoming performances, please visit www.BlackBoxPAC.com

Carolyn Enger, concert pianist and speaker, has received critical acclaim for her deeply felt performances and thoughtful programs informed by a strong sense of history, identity and personal connections. Ms. Enger has enjoyed remarkable success as a recording artist: The New York Times selected her recording Naxos of Ned Rorem’s Intimate Miniatures, Piano Album I & Six Friends, as one of the “Best In Classical Recordings” of the diary for this year, writing “Among this year’s 90th anniversary tributes to the iconic American composer Ned Rorem, this recording particularly stands out,” while Gramophone said, “Enger takes miniatures to the next level.”

Ms. Enger’s touring schedule has taken her to places across the United States and beyond, including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the National Gallery of Art in DC, St. John the Divine Cathedral, Nantucket Society for Musical Arts, the Kosciuszko Foundation and the National Gallery in Oslo. Deepening her engagement in multimedia collaborations, Ms. Enger was part of renowned illustrator and writer Maira Kalman’s exhibition “Maira Kalman Selects” at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, and her recording of music by Arvo Pärt was featured in the exhibition by conceptual artist Mischa Kuball. sound and light exhibition “res.o.nant” at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. Recent and upcoming highlights include concerts at the White Stork Synagogue in Wrocław; the Consulate General of Germany in New York; the Bach-Festival in Arnstadt; the Portuguese Synagogue Candlelight Concert Series in Amsterdam; concerts at Michaeliskirche in Erfurt, Germany; Nikolaisaal Potsdam; KunstForum Gotha; Steinway Galleries across North America; and a number of recitals in the greater New York City area, including a celebration of Ned Rorem’s work at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center.

Focusing on the WWII era, his multimedia project The Mischlinge Exposé combines music, literature and images that evoke the haunting memories of the Mischlinges – half-Jews and German-Jewish converts in Germany before, during and after the Holocaust – events reflected in Ms. Enger’s own experience as the child of a Holocaust survivor. Ms. Enger’s project seeks to expand knowledge about the Mischlinge and addresses her own conversions, issues of “racial purity” and identity, and how crippling discrimination is, socially and personally. For the past seven years, Ms. Enger has presented this concert-lecture in the United States and Europe, at venues such as the Museum of Jewish Heritage New York, the United States Military Academy West Point, the University of Arizona , Middle Tennessee State University, Bristol. Community College, Ramapo College, Rowan University, Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center in Providence, Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, Savannah Jewish Federation, the Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts initiative in Texas and White Stork Synagogue through the Bente Foundation Kahan in Poland, as well as in dozens of libraries, Jewish community centers and retirement homes. Ms. Enger contributed to a chapter of the book to be published in September 2021, Women Defying Hitler: Rescue and Resistance in Nazi Dominated Europe, 1933-1945.

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