On Sunday, Feb. 5, Paolo Pietropaolo will open CBC Radio 2's In Concert with a short essay/montage on émigré composers.
Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Kurt Weill, Arnold Schoenberg, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Bela Bartok all fled war-torn countries and found refuge in the United States, where they enriched the cultural life immeasurably.
It's a timely reminder about the benefits — humanitarian, societal, artistic — of immigration.
Listen below, and tune in to CBC Radio 2 on Feb. 5 to hear In Concert in its entirety.
Many prominent composers fled war-torn Europe and were welcomed to the U.S.