Postponed to January
The Gustav Mahler/Alfred Rosé Collection at Western Libraries documents in part the lives and careers of Alma Rosé and her father, Arnold, both professional violinists in Vienna in the early 1900s. Today Alma is best known as the leader of the Auschwitz women’s orchestra. The Austrian National Library recently organized an exhibition using many of Western’s documents (https://www.hdgoe.at/alma-and-arnold-rose). This fall the exhibition will be remounted at Western in collaboration with Western’s Hillel House.
Alfred Rosé, brother of Alma and son of Arnold, was a pianist, composer, and conductor who escaped Austria in 1938 and settled in London, ON, ten years later to teach at the University of Western Ontario. His family heirlooms, including thousands of letters, photographs, and other documents related to his maternal uncle, the great Austrian post-romantic composer Gustav Mahler, established Western as North America's foremost centre of "Mahleriana." More recently, the Rosé Family history has attracted increasing attention with scholars and performers interested in learning more about the lives, careers, and music of one of Vienna's most acclaimed musical families.
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The exhibit will be complemented by several documents from the Gustav Mahler/Alfred Rosé Collection relating to Alma and Arnold Rosé .