Stuart Canin practices "Tambourin Chinois" by Fritz Kreisler, to be performed as part of "Potsdam Revisited: Overture to the Cold War" at Stanford's Bing Hall on November 19th at 7:30 PM.
This special one-night-only event, including a film, a live concert and a spirited onstage discussion, will transport the audience back to July 19th, 1945, when world leaders Truman, Churchill and Stalin listened to a concert together in Potsdam, Germany, before making decisions that would forever change our world.
The event will feature the world premiere of Citizen Film’s documentary "The Rifleman’s Violin," which tells the remarkable story of Private Stuart Canin, the 19-year-old American rifleman who set out for war with a violin on his back and wound up performing for the Big Three, breaking the ice of the Potsdam Conference. Directed by Sam Ball and produced by Abraham D. Sofaer.
Reprising his role in history, Canin will play a 25-minute concert –sponsored by Stanford Music- of music the violinist performed for the Big Three, nearly 70 years ago.
A half-hour discussion between Secretary of State Shultz, Historian Norman Naimark and Political Scientist Scott Sagan will explore the stakes of the Potsdam Conference, the events leading up to it, and how negotiations were colored by Truman’s learning of a successful atomic test right before the start of the conference.
Potsdam Revisited: Overture to the Cold War
November 19, 2014
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen Street, Stanford, CA 94305
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:
potsdamatstanford.com or call 650.724.2464
Sponsoring Partner: Stanford Music
Archive and Education Partner: The Hoover Institution Library and Archive
Producing Partner: Citizen Film