Entering its fourth year of creative process, Shanghai Sonatas is a new musical created by Delaware artists that shares the memoirs of Jewish classical musicians who escaped Nazi Germany and found refuge in Japanese-occupied Shanghai in the 1930s, and the Chinese who welcomed them there. These refugees used music, the universal language, to help them survive the war in a strange new place; they also connected with their new neighbors through music and educated the first generation of Chinese classical musicians. Today, there are 60 million classical musicians worldwide who are either from China or Taiwan, or of Chinese descent, making classical music a new Chinese tradition and cultural identity. The production has gathered enormous interest as the stories artistically told here connect the dots between the thriving Chinese classical music field and the contribution from the Jewish refugees.
In Shanghai Sonatas, live classical music and musical theatre come together to show music's amazing capacity to transcend differences and unite people across all races and circumstances. The musical depicts a historical moment of equity, inclusion, tolerance, and cultural exchange, and its cast of multiracial characters highlights the shared humanity we have despite cultural differences. Viewers with different cultural backgrounds find unity through powerful stories and songs as well as live instrumental music in classical, jazz, traditional Chinese, and Jewish Klezmer music genres.
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