Orchestra of Exiles

In Woodstock
June 15
Sat 1:15
(USA, Israel / 2011 / directed by Josh Aronson)
Unrated / 85 mins.
Benefit for MAVERICK CONCERTS. In Person: Director Josh Aronson. Tickets $15, available through Maverick (845.679.8217).
From Academy Award nominated director Josh Aronson (SOUND AND FURY), ORCHESTRA OF EXILES  reveals the dramatic story of Bronislaw Huberman, the celebrated Polish violinist who rescued some of the world’s greatest musicians from Nazi Germany and then created one of the world’s greatest orchestras, the Palestine Philharmonic (which would become the Israeli Philharmonic). 
In the early 1930s Hitler began forcing Jewish musicians out of orchestras across central Europe. Finding so many experienced players jobless simultaneously, Huberman dedicated himself to fulfilling a dream to create a symphony. His struggle is a densely layered story with a range of key characters that could hardly be more diverse. Among them: a high Nazi official, Goebbels; renowned conductors, Furtwangler and Toscanini; a future head of state, Chaim Weizmann; and even Albert Einstein, who liked to read music with Huberman. A timeless tale of a brilliant young man coming of age and the suspenseful chronicle of how his efforts impacted cultural history, ORCHESTRA OF EXILES challenges us to look inward and ask the hard questions: how would I have reacted and what would I have done in the face of those momentous events in that troubled time?
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