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posted Friday, January 16, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 03
Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz
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Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

Music of Remembrance performs free concert at Benaroya Hall On January 27, 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated by the Soviet army. Seventy years later, on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, Music of Remembrance (MOR) will present a community-wide free concert to honor this important moment in history. The musical program features works by composers whose lives were cut short by Nazi persecution: Hans Krása, Gideon Klein, Viktor Ullmann, Ilse Weber, Carlo Taube, Robert Dauber, David Beigelman and Dick Kattenburg. Although they perished, their music remains as witness to their extraordinary courage. We'll never know what they could have created in longer lives and in a normal world, but their moral strength can inspire us all, and challenge us to understand the extraordinary depth of human capacity.

With this concert, Music of Remembrance joins organizations around the world in commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The free concert is an opportunity for the entire Seattle community to come together in honor of this milestone anniversary, and to experience a small part of the musical legacy left by those who continued to create inspired music even while in the hands of their Nazi captors. Robert Dauber was a prisoner in the Terezín concentration camp when he composed his beguilingly sentimental 'Serenata,' and Hans Krása wrote the vibrant 'Dance' for string trio just months before his transport from Terezín to Auschwitz. Gideon Klein began his striking 'Duo' for violin and cello in his last moments of freedom in Prague. David Beigelman completed his stirring 'Dybbuk Dances' in the Lodz Ghetto in 1941. Dutch composer Dick Kattenburg never lived to hear a performance of his sparkling 'Escapades.'

The concert opens with Ernest Bloch's meditative and deeply soulful 'Prayer.' It concludes with the rousing finale from Jake Heggie's 'Farewell, Auschwitz,' inspired by an Auschwitz inmate's actual poem that circulated secretly and became an anthem of resistance among her fellow prisoners.

The program features stellar instrumentalists drawn largely from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and some of the region's vocal talents. The concert will open with a welcome and introductory remarks by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.

Free Admission:
Admission is FREE, but a complimentary ticket is required. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Benaroya Hall ticket office at (206) 215-4747 or by visiting the Benaroya Hall ticket office in person. The Benaroya Hall ticket office is open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Festival seating. Program starts at 5 p.m. sharp. We encourage concert patrons to arrive by 4:30 p.m. More information is available on the Benaroya Hall website: http://bit.ly/1sep1bP

Concert Program:
Ernest Bloch: 'Prayer' (1924); transcribed for strings by Alfredo Antonini
Benjamin Shmidt, cello soloist
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Elisa Barston, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Mara Finkelstein, cello

Hans Krasa: 'Dance' (Terezin, 1944)
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Mara Finkelstein, cello

'Songs from Terezin'
Julia Benzinger, mezzo soprano; Mina Miller, piano

Robert Dauber: 'Serenata' (Terezin, 1943)
Takumi Taguchi, violin; Mina Miller, piano

Gideon Klein: 'Duo' (1942)
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Benjamin Shmidt, cello

David Beigelman: 'Dybbuk Dances' (Lodz ghetto, 1941)
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Jonathan Green, double bass

Dick Kattenburg: 'Escapades' (1938)
Elisa Barston, violin; Mikhail Shmidt, violin

Jake Heggie: 'Farewell, Auschwitz' from Farewell, Auschwitz (2013)
Commissioned by Music of Remembrance
Megan Chenovick, soprano; Julia Benzinger, mezzo-soprano; Erich Parce, baritone; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Mikhail Shmidt, violin, Mara Finkelstein, cello; Jonathan Green, double bass; Mina Miller, piano

About Music of Remembrance
Music of Remembrance (MOR) fills a unique cultural role in Seattle and throughout the world by remembering the Holocaust through music with concert performances, educational programs, recordings and commissions of new works. Since its 1998-99 inaugural year, MOR has presented concerts annually at Seattle's Benaroya Hall, marking the anniversary of Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) each fall and Holocaust Remembrance Day each spring. MOR has reached audiences across the community with its Sparks of Glory outreach series, and around the world through its seven CDs (six on Naxos, the world's leading classical music label) and its two documentary films produced by award-winning filmmaker John Sharify. More information is available at www.musicofremembrance.org.

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