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US Premiere of Carl Davis's Last Train to Tomorrow

Apr. 01, 2019

US Premiere of Carl Davis's <em>Last Train to Tomorrow</em>

On April 12, one of Carl Davis’s most important concert works, Last Train to Tomorrow, with text by Hiawyn Oram, will receive its US premiere, conducted by the composer, at Alice Tully Hall. Last Train to Tomorrow is a 45-minute dramatic narrative for children’s choir, actors (or speakers) and orchestra based on the moving story of the Kindertransport. Previous performances in London, Manchester and Prague were received to great acclaim and the New York performances, featuring musicians from Mannes College of Music, are highly anticipated. Carl Davis will also conduct the piece at the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester in August 2019. 

A film screening of "My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports", followed by a discussion with director Melissa Hackler, and a semi-staged preview presentation both take place on April 10 ahead of the premiere in The New School’s Tishman Auditorium. Last Train to Tomorrow marks the 80th Anniversary of the Kindertransport movement, a series of rescue efforts which brought thousands of refugee Jewish children to Great Britain from Nazi Germany between 1938 and 1940. The Mannes Orchestra is joined in performing Last Train to Tomorrow by the Mannes Prep Senior Chorus and students of the School of Drama at The New School. Stage direction is by Jennifer Holmes. The program will also include Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral", conducted by David Hayes, artistic director of the Mannes Orchestra. On April 11, The New School hosts a panel discussion about the Kindertransport, including discussions on creative responses to the Kindertransport as well as on the history and effects of child separation and trauma.

("Night of Breaking Glass" from Last Train to Tomorrow/Carl Davis/
Czech National Symphony Orchestra/Children's Opera Prague)

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Last Train to Tomorrow (2011)
A dramatic narrative for children’s choir, actors (or speakers) and orchestra.
Based on the story of the Kindertransport
text by Hiawyn Oram hands)-str