Aaron Zigman's Émigré Receives US Premiere

Aaron Zigman (c) Dario Acosta Photography

Aaron Zigman’s Émigré Receives US Premiere


Writing this oratorio about the cultural exchange between the people of China and the Jews has such a compelling meaning for me. If not for Shanghai and the goodwill of the people of China, some of my ancestors and someone very close to me would have perished at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. My aim was to write a piece that expressed the beauty, yet also pain and hope for a better future that both the Chinese and Jews experienced together during the 1930s and 1940s.”

Aaron Zigman

In the flood of history, we cannot avoid the changes in social circumstances, but the light and goodness of humanity is a steady boat that never sinks. She can pierce the darkness and carry the destiny of humanity and the continuity of history, sailing towards a bright and hopeful future… I am proud to be sharing this important work, brought to life by Aaron and Mark, and to be conducting the world premiere performance and the Deutsche Grammophon recording of the piece.”

Long Yu