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February 23, 1999

NPR Classical Music Host To Write Book About Parents' Musical Experiences In Nazi Germany

WASHINGTON, DC — Martin Goldsmith, the host of NPR's® daily classical music magazine Performance Today®, will take a leave of absence beginning on March 22 to write a book about his parents' extraordinary lives in and escape from Nazi Germany. Goldsmith will return to the show in July. Regular guest host Lisa Simeone will fill in during this period.

Goldsmith's book, The Inextinguishable Symphony, will chronicle the involvement of his parents, both classical musicians, in the nearly forgotten Juedischer Kulturbund. The Kulturbund's orchestras, opera companies, theater troupes and lecture series were the only cultural outlets available to Jews under the Nazi regime. They provided both important channels for artistic expression for Jews and political cover for the Reich.

Goldsmith's parents met in the Kulturbund's orchestra in Frankfurt in 1936 and later performed with the Kulturbund's orchestra in Berlin. They escaped together to America in 1941, just months before the Nazis cut off Jewish emigration. Both went on to have classical music careers in the United States; Rosemary Goldsmith was a member of both the St. Louis Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra.

The Inextinguishable Symphony will be published in 2000 by John Wiley and Sons.

NPR's Performance Today is America's premier classical music radio program, reaching 1.4 million listeners each week with concert performances from around the world, along with in-depth news and commentary. The award-winning program spotlights both established and emerging artists as well as the world's great orchestras. NPR's Performance Today airs seven days a week, two hours a day, on more than 225 public radio stations.

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