In his book and documentary Orchestra of Exiles, Aronson tells the inspiring true story of Polish-born Jewish violinist Bronislaw Huberman, who saved musicians from the Holocaust — and how those musicians went on to form the Israeli Philharmonic. Join us for a discussion about the universality and transcendent power of music, as well as about the impact that one person’s leadership, bravery and human decency can have, even in the darkest of times.
Joshua Aronson is an Academy Award-nominated writer, producer, and director of films and documentaries, including Orchestra of Exiles, documentary about Bronislaw Huberman released in 2012. He has worked with Showtime, PBS, the Discovery Channel, and others, and his films have won awards at festivals all over the world. He is also a concert pianist and regularly plays chamber music in New York and at the Telluride Musicfest, the chamber music festival he founded in 2002 with his wife, violinist Maria Bachmann.
Jonathan Coopersmith is Chair of Musical Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, Conductor of Philadelphia Voices, and a guest choral conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Pennsylvania Ballet. Mr. Coppersmith is a sought-after lecturer in the Philadelphia area, with recent lectures at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He is also a regular guest conductor in the region, and teaches conducting and composition privately. He holds degrees in music theory and composition from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with George Crumb, and in orchestral conducting from teh Pierre Montreux School and Mannes College of Music.