Weiman to speak on ‘Music as a Casualty of War’ at symphony luncheon April 11

  • Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2013 11:24 p.m.
Racelle Weiman
Racelle Weiman

SALISBURY — Dr. Racelle Weiman, executive director of the Dialogue Institute at Temple University, will return to Salisbury on April 11 for another presentation on how wars and government often lead to the suppression of music.

The Salisbury Symphony will host the luncheon, “Let Freedom Ring: Music as a Casualty of War.”


The event will be held at noon April 11 at First United Methodist Church on South Church Street.

The cost is $35 per person. Tickets can be purchased at salisburysymphony.org. More information is available on the website and by calling 704-637-4314.

“Last year, Racelle shared the startling range and insidious and racist nature of the Nazi attempt to control, regulate and punish artistic freedom and control all freedom access to music, musicians and musical compositions and imagination — that was 1942,” Symphony President Tom Wolpert said in a press release.

“Now (it) is 2013. Racelle, having just returned from as series of forums throughout the world, will share with us, at the luncheon, ‘Let Freedom Ring.’ But this time the ‘ring’ is suppressed.

“We are so fortunate to have Racelle return to Salisbury to share with us again. Her dynamic presentation last year brought tears to our eyes and opened our minds to a world that is not ours.”

Weiman holds a bachelor’s degree in Jewish studies from UCLA and a master’s and doctorate from Temple University in interreligious studies.

She pursued postdoctoral research at the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University in ethnic conflict resolution and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard University.

Weiman also has participated in the International Scholars’ Abrahamic Trialogue since 1993.

Weiman was founding director of the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.

She also has served on the faculty of the University of Haifa, Israel, where she developed projects relating to tolerance education, prejudice reduction and Holocaust and genocide studies.

She was a fellow at the Neaman Institute on Professional Ethics.

Weiman’s appearance in Salisbury last year served as introduction to the Salisbury Symphony’s special concert in which one of the “Violins of Hope” was played here and a symphony-sponsored tour bus took participants to the “Violins of Hope” concert in Charlotte.

At 7:30 p.m. May 1, Salisbury Symphony will sponsor the guest appearance of University of Mount Union football coach Larry Kehres, who has the highest winning percentage among coaches in football history.

That event will be held at the J.F. Hurley Family YMCA. Call the symphony office at 704-637-4314 for more information. The Post will have more information on Kehres’ visit in coming weeks.

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