The current pandemic has forced Music of Remembrance to cancel its major concerts in Seattle on May 17 and San Francisco on May 19. “With our concert stage silent for now,” says Artistic Director Mina Miller, “MOR’s mission of reaching out with music and stories that matter takes on new and special meaning. More than ever, we want to be a source of light as we navigate unknown territory together.” Throughout the spring and summer, MOR will offer a series of weekly online programs that can be viewed by clicking the “Weekly Feature” tab on MOR’s website : www.musicofremembrance.org.
In the following weeks, the series will offer videos of live performances of some of the most impactful works that MOR has commissioned and premiered. The video links will also include program notes about the music, composers and artists.
April 27-May 3: Vedem. American composer Lori Laitman and librettist David Mason’s stirring oratorio based on the stories and words of those very boys from Terezín, describing their lives in the camp and expressing the dreams for a better world.
May 4-10: Camp Songs. In a new dramatic realization conceived and directed by Erich Parce, American composer Paul Schoenfield’s setting of defiant words that dissident Polish journalist Alexander Kulisiewicz dared to write as a prisoner in Sachsenhausen, with sarcastic humor and bitter irony that lay bare the fury seething beneath the camp’s terrors.
May 11-17: Veritas. Shinji Eshima’s soulful musical reflection on the tragic consequences of religious intolerance, in a multimedia work incorporating vivid visual images of sculptor Al Farrow’s works from his “Vandalized Doors” series.
May 18-24: For a Look or a Touch. Composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer’s pathbreaking musical drama illuminating the Nazi persecution of homosexuals through the story of two idealistic young men whose lives and love were torn apart under the Third Reich.
The schedule through July will be announced soon. All of us look forward to the day when we can again gather to share live music together.
Courtesy of Music of Remembrance