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Join us for a pre-concert "Meet the Composer and Choreographer" session at 4:15 p.m., in Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall (free to all ticket holders)
Two New Music and Dance Commissions!
The Holocaust touched people of countless faces, places and identities. At our spring concert we present MOR’s next large music commission: a daring new work about the experience of Europe's Roma people during the Holocaust. Composer Mary Kouyoumdjian’s work, to open myself, to scream, shares the story of Romani artist Ceija Stojka, who survived three concentration camps to become a noted painter and writer. The performance includes compelling visual imagery created by Syrian-Armenian artist Kevork Mourad.
The program also features music by Osvaldo Golijov, with new choreography from the innovative Olivier Wevers (Whim W’Him Seattle Contemporary Dance), depicting the doomed young love of a Jewish woman and a Roma man. You'll also hear evocative songs by Erich Korngold, featuring beloved mezzo soprano Catherine Cook, recall the Viennese magic that still remained in the early decades of the 20th century.
MOR Gala Evening
Sunday, May 21, 2017 7 p.m.
The Norcliffe Founders Room at Benaroya Hall
Please join us following the May 21 concert for a gala evening celebrating our newest music and dance commissions, and our nineteen years dedicated to remembering the Holocaust through music.
MOR Ensemble: Misha Shmidt, violin; Walter Gray, cello; Jonathan Green, double bass; Laura DeLuca, clarinet
Whim W'Him in rehearsal for MOR's 2015 world premiere of La Review de Cuisine
"In the hands of artistic director and choreographer Olivier Wevers, Whim W’Him has evolved into one of Seattle’s most successful and renowned companies since its establishment in 2009. The company has performed to critical acclaim in Seattle and beyond, clinching their hold on the local arts scene and setting a precedent for contemporary dance in the Pacific Northwest." - Miranda Chantelois, Seattle Dances