PREVIEW: ProMusica Chamber Orchestra to open season with works shining a light on slavery

By Peter Tonguette  / For The Columbus Dispatch

“Growing up in Austria, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Music Director David Danzmayr was accustomed to learning about the horrors of history.

“When you learn history in school in Austria, the main focus is on the Holocaust, the Second World War, then, of course, the First World War,” Danzmayr said.

Since moving to the United States, though, Danzmayr has found that there isn’t always the same emphasis placed in his new country on learning about, and from, the injustices of the past.

“I think this has to change in some way,” he said. “I think countries need to look inward and (ask), ‘What did we do bad in history? What can we learn from that?’ I think that’s not un-patriotic or unpleasant.”

For its season-opening concert Oct. 10 in the Southern Theatre, the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra will wrestle with what is commonly called America’s original sin: slavery.”

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