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International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2016



International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2016

On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy, is pleased to present an evening of literature and music. Excerpts from Primo Levi’s literary work “If This is a Man” will be read by actor Michael A. Miranda. Musical intermissions featuring some classic Klezmer repertoire will be performed by Robbie Grunwald, pianist and Drew Jurecka, violinist.

January 27, 2016 – Doors open at 6:00pm
Alliance Française theatre – 24 Spadina Road, Toronto
Free admission
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Infoline: 416.921.3802 ext. 221

Primo Levi, (born July 31, 1919, Turin, Italy—died April 11, 1987, Turin), Italian-Jewish writer and chemist, noted for his restrained and moving autobiographical account of and reflections on survival in the Nazi concentration camps. Levi was brought up in the small Jewish community in Turin, studied at the University of Turin, and graduated summa cum laude in chemistry in 1941. Two years later he joined friends in northern Italy in an attempt to connect with a resistance movement, but he was captured and sent to Auschwitz. While there, Levi worked as a slave labourer for an I.G. Farbenindustrie synthetic-rubber factory. Upon the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviets in 1945, Levi returned to Turin, where in 1961 he became the general manager of a factory producing paints, enamels, and synthetic resins; the association was to last some 30 years. Levi’s first book, Se questo è un uomo (1947; If This Is a Man), demonstrated extraordinary qualities of humanity and detachment in its analysis of the atrocities he had witnessed. His later autobiographical works, La tregua (1963; The Truce) and I sommersi e i salvati (1986; The Drowned and the Saved), are further reflections on his wartime experiences. Il sistema periodico (1975; The Periodic Table) is a collection of 21 meditations, each named for a chemical element, on the analogies between the physical, chemical, and moral spheres; of all of Levi’s works, it is probably his greatest critical and popular success. He also wrote poetry, novels, and short stories. His death was apparently a suicide.

Michael A. Miranda
Michael's career spans across the mediums of Film, Television, Theatre and Radio. For the screen Michael can be seen in the soon to be released feature film KIDNAP CAPITAL; appeared in CTV’s LIVES of the SAINTS, starring the legendary Sophia Loren, for which he received an ACTRA nomination for Outstanding performance. Michael also appeared in the CBC Mini-Series IL DUCE CANADESE, about Canada’s internment of Italians during the Second World War. Other credits include THE FIRM, MURDOCH MYSTERIES and BEAUTY and the BEAST. For the stage Michael performed in BHOPAL (Cahoots Theatre), THE LOVE LIST (Globus Theatre), MAMBO ITALIANO (Sudbury Theatre Centre) and originated the role of Paolo in Salvatore Antonio’s family drama IN GABRIEL’S KITCHEN; which received a Governor General’s Award nomination.

Drew Jurecka is an accomplished violinist who is comfortable in many genres. Trained classically, he studied with Lorand Fenyves during his teens and with David Updegraff at the Cleveland Institute of Music for his undergraduate degree. Drew has spent the last ten years playing jazz, pop, rock and other contemporary styles in Toronto.

Robbie Grunwald is a keyboardist, composer, and producer based in Toronto, Canada. Trained in classical and jazz music, Robbie fits equally well into any musical setting from a free jazz improvisational ensemble, to an electro pop band, to a traditional klezmer group. The many facets of his playing make him a highly sought after player on the Canadian Music scene.

About Robbie Grunwald