The Mischlinge Exposé is a many-layered multimedia performance centering around Carolyn Enger’s family’s history and her personal experience with Judaism. The program features the music of German-Jewish-born composers Felix Mendelssohn, Arnold Schoenberg, Alexander Zemlinsky, and Hanns Eisler. It will also highlight a new work written by the acclaimed composer Bruce Adolphe especially for this project. The works contextualize video and audio testimony of Ms. Enger’s father, Horace J. Enger, and her godmother, Rosemarie Steinfeld’s, experiences in Germany after the Nuremberg Laws were passed (both were labeled “Mischling, Grade A,” by the Nazis). Through the lens of historical context and the artistic and poetic testimony of prominent converts, the performance traces her family story of conversion from Judaism to Christianity and back to Judaism.
Carolyn Enger has gained critical acclaim for her lyrical and dynamic playing, her deeply felt interpretations of works from Beethoven and Schubert to contemporary music, and her warm personal approach. In addition to an active performance schedule, Ms. Enger has enjoyed remarkable success as a recording artist, particularly with her 2013 release of piano music by Ned Rorem on Naxos Records.