2015 - 2016 Concert Season

Gala Dinner in Honor of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer

Time: 
Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 6:00pm

 
Seattle Gala Dinner 2016
In Honor of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer
May 22, 2016, 6 p.m.
Norcliffe Founders Room at Benaroya Hall
 

Join us for a festive gala dinner following the world premiere performance of Jake Heggie's Out of Darkness on May 22!

Gala dinner tickets are $250. A portion of the ticket price represents a tax deductible contribution to MOR. To purchase gala dinner tickets, click the "Add to Cart" button above and choose the quantity.

Mingle with composer Jake Heggie, librettist Gene Scheer and MOR artists as we celebrate MOR's newest commission, Out of Darkness. The gala dinner will immediately follow the world premiere performance, which begins at 4 p.m. at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall. Tickets for the Out of Darkness performance (separate from the Gala Dinner) are available here or by calling 206-365-7770.

 

Support Music of Remembrance!

Can't attend our 2016 Gala Dinner? There are many ways to support MOR! Please consider placing an ad in our 2016 tribute book, becoming a gala sponsor, or making a tax-deductible donation.

 

Tribute Book

Advertise your business or place a personal message in our 2016 tribute book, celebrating 18 years of Music of Remembrance. Ads range from 1/8 page ($250) to full page ($1,800). Click here for more information, or send an email to rachel@musicofremembrance.org.

 

Become a Sponsor Today

Become an Individual Gala Sponsor and help ensure that the voices of musical witness are heard for generations to come! For information about individual sponsorship levels and benefits, please click here. Please contact arabelle@musicofremembrance.org for more information.


 

Corporate Sponsorship

Set your business apart - become a Corporate Sponsor of MOR! Gala sponsorship includes many benefits, including enabling you to make a highly visible and significant impact on our community. Please click here for information about corporate sponsorship levels and benefits. Please contact arabelle@musicofremembrance.org for more information.


 

Auction Item Procurement

Help preserve a precious cultural legacy by donating an item, service or experience to our Silent Auction! Click here to fill out our online procurement form.

 

Volunteer

Lend a hand to MOR by utilizing your unique skills and talents. Join our team of wonderful volunteers and make a difference in our community. MOR offers a variety of volunteer opportunities - please contact rachel@musicofremembrance.org for more information.

Art from Ashes - A Concert To Mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Time: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 5:00pm

Tickets for this concert are currently only available in person at the Benaroya Hall Ticket Office starting at 3:30 pm.

Free to the public.

If you already reserved tickets, they will be held at Will Call, at the Benaroya Hall Box Office, available to pick up on the day of the concert. Tickets will be held under the last name of the person who placed the order.

The Box Office will be open from 10:00am until the start of the concert on January 27. Please note that any tickets not claimed by 4:45 p.m. (15 minutes before the concert begins) will be released.

Order free tickets by clicking on the "Add to Cart" button above, or by calling 206-365-7770. Seating is general admission. Please note that due to a limited amount of seats, there is a limit of 2 tickets per order.

Music of Remembrance (MOR) presents a free community concert at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall to honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

On January 27, 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated by the Soviet army. On Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Music of Remembrance (MOR) presents a community-wide free concert to honor this important moment in history, and joins forces with organizations around the world to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The musical program features music from the Terezin, Lodz  and Vilna Ghettos, and works by composers whose lives were cut short by Nazi persecution: Gideon Klein, Zikmund Schul, Robert Dauber, Dick Kattenburg and Erwin Schulhoff.   

This concert is presented with generous support from Jack and Adina Almo.

 

Out of Darkness Premiere, San Francisco

Time: 
Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 7:30pm

Join us in San Francisco for the world premiere of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer’s compelling new opera Out of Darkness.

Tickets are available online through Brown Paper Tickets.  Tickets available online until 4:00 p.m. on the day of each concert - after that tickets will only be available at the door (payable with check or credit card).

Concert ticket prices: $60-$75

Don't miss the closing night cast party!

The closing night cast party will directly follow the May 26 performance. Cast party tickets are $100 per person. The party will take place at the San Francisco Conservatory's Osher Salon. A portion of your ticket represents a tax deductible contribution to MOR.  

Please note that there are no physical tickets for the party - your name will be added to a RSVP list at the door.  Cast party tickets are available to purchase online until 4:00 pm on May 26. After that, tickets can be purchased at the door. 

Click here to learn more about the background and cast of Out of Darkness, read the press release, and download the electronic press kit

Music of Remembrance brings the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s path-breaking new opera Out of Darkness to the Bay Area for performances on May 25 and 26, 2016 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall.

Audiences in the Bay Area, and around the world, know Heggie’s operatic breakthroughs like Dead Man Walking and Moby-Dick.  For Out of Darkness, Heggie has teamed again with the brilliant librettist Gene Scheer.  The two-act opera is a powerful portrait of survival that probes the Holocaust’s vast scope through emotionally rich depictions of those caught in its grasp. The first act, titled “Krystyna,” tells the true story of Krystyna Zywulska, whose daring poems became anthems of defiance among her fellow prisoners in Auschwitz.  Act Two, “Gad,” explores the fate of homosexuals during the Holocaust through the experience of Gad Beck and Manfred Lewin, two idealistic young lovers in 1930s Berlin whose lives and love were torn apart under Nazi rule.

Heggie and Scheer tell these stories with uncompromising emotional honesty, and with deep compassion that never descends to pathos or sentimentality. Their richly textured music conveys an understanding of those touched by the Holocaust, in all their complicated humanity.  Heggie describes what moved him to address this compelling topic: “I’m particularly inspired by stories of social justice and the inequities of life, and how we are all connected as human beings despite those inequities.”

Out of Darkness will feature a stellar cast. Soprano Caitlin Lynch, applauded by the New York Times as “luminous,” appears as the mature Krystyna, joined by soprano Ava Pine, who portrays Krystyna in flashbacks to her youth. Catherine Cook, who has performed more than 50 roles with San Francisco Opera, sings the role of Zosha, Krystyna’s friend and fellow prisoner in Auschwitz. Veteran baritone Robert Orth, for whom Heggie created roles in Dead Man Walking and Moby Dick, portrays Gad. Baritone Michael Mayes, who sings the role of Manfred, is recognized for his powerful voice and arresting stage presence. The imaginative production is directed by Erich Parce and conducted by Joseph Mechavich.

Out of Darkness was commissioned by Music of Remembrance, a non-profit organization founded in 1998 by artistic director Mina Miller to remember the Holocaust through music. In addition to rediscovering and performing music from that time, MOR has commissioned and premiered over 20 new Holocaust-inspired works by some of today’s leading composers, telling new stories that need to be heard and challenging audiences to question their own thinking.

"Mr. Heggie may well be the richest, most accessible, most captivating opera composer since Benjamin Britten...He reduces major universal issues to credible personal stories, to which a listener can connect."

- The Wall Street Journal (2015)

Artists from left to right: Catherine Cook, mezzo soprano; Caitlyn Lynch, soprano; Michael Mayes, baritone; Robert Orth, baritone; Ava Pine, soprano

Click here for sponsorship information for the San Francisco production of Out of Darkness

Questions? Contact MOR at 206-365-7770 or info@musicofremembrance.org

 

Thank you to our Community Partner The GLBT Historical Society!

Sparks of Glory: After Life

Time: 
Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 2:00pm

Free to the public.

Music of Remembrance opens its eighteenth season with a free community concert on Saturday, September 26 at the Seattle Art Museum.  The afternoon’s program, “After Life,” begins at 2:00 p.m. at the museum’s Plestcheeff Auditorium. The varied program includes works by Darius Milhaud, Rosy Wertheim, Henriette Bosmans and Tom Cipullo. MOR’s Artistic Director Mina Miller will introduce the concert with commentary that links the music with the museum’s exhibit Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art which opens on October 1. The exhibition is comprised of 71 extraordinary paintings, considered to be jewels of one of the finest collections of French Impressionism in the world. 

The program features highlights from Tom Cipullo’s After Life. This compelling new opera, premiered by Music of Remembrance earlier this year, reunites the ghosts of Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein in a dramatic encounter. Stein and Picasso were towering artistic figures of the 20th century and among its most influential. For decades they maintained an unusual friendship, but they held starkly opposed views and responded in strikingly different ways – in their lives and their art – to the Second World War and the Nazi occupation of Europe.  When they meet again in After Life, they debate the responsibility of artists to address the evil they see in the world.  They confront each other’s weaknesses, and their own, in succumbing to vanity and ego.

The concert begins with Darius Milhaud’s 1936 Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano. This engaging work is drawn from the composer’s incidental music for Jean Anouilh’s play “Le voyageur sans baggage” (“The Traveler without Luggage”). The play is an ironic critique of identity and class, and Milhaud’s sprightly music captures the play’s existential absurdity. The clouds of World War II were forming, though, when Milhaud wrote this music.  Born to a Jewish family in Marseilles, Milhaud was forced to leave France in 1940 until the end of the war. We also perform short pieces by Rosy Wertheim and Henriette Bosmans, two Dutch women composers whose lives and art were profoundly affected by the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.  

Our guest vocalists – sopranos Karen Early Evans and Courtney Ruckman, and baritone Erich Parce – will be joined by MOR’s stellar instrumental ensemble drawn largely from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and by pianists Mark Salman and Mina Miller.

 

After Life

Concert Ticket Information

Free and open to the public.

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 2:00 P.M.

Plestcheeff Auditorium, Seattle Art Museum

1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

 

 

Program:

 

Darius Milhaud
Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Op. 157b (1936)

Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Mark Salman, piano

 

Rosy Wertheim
Le Tsigane Dans La Lune

Courtney Ruckman, soprano; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Mina Miller, piano

 

Henriette Bosmans
Nuit Calme (1926)

Walter Gray, cello; Mina Miller, piano

 

Tom Cipullo
After Life (2015) – selected arias

Libretto by David Mason

 

COMMISSIONED BY MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE

 

           Karen Early Evans, soprano

            Erich Parce, baritone

           Courtney Ruckman, soprano

 

Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Walter Gray, cello

Mark Salman, piano

Featured Works

After Life (2015)
 

Spring Concert: Out of Darkness Premiere, Seattle

Time: 
Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 4:00pm

After 5 p.m. on May 21, tickets will only be available through the Benaroya Box office at: (206) 215-4800. The box office will be open starting at noon on Sunday, May 22.

 

The Benaroya Hall Box Office is located on the street level at the corner of Third Avenue and Union Street, at the north end of The Boeing Company Gallery in Benaroya Hall.

 

 

MOR is a proud member of TeenTix! Click here to learn more about how teenagers (13-19 years old) can get $5 tickets to any of our concerts!

 

 

Click here to learn more about the background and cast of Out of Darkness, read the press release, and download the electronic press kit

 

 

Meet the Composer & Librettist

Join us for a pre-concert interview with composer Jake Heggie and Librettist Gene Scheer!

3:15 p.m., Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall

 

 Composer Jake Heggie       Librettist Gene Scheer

 

Click here for sponsorship information for the Seattle production of Out of Darkness

 

On May 22, 2016 you’ll experience an event that the entire musical world is awaiting: the world premiere of Out of Darkness, the new MOR commission from composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. The compelling two-act opera is a powerful portrait of survival that conveys the vastness of the Holocaust’s scope through emotionally rich depictions of those caught in its grasp.

Based on true stories of two survivors haunted by the ghosts of their past, Out of Darkness offers compelling musical witness to survival in the face of unimaginable adversity. The opera relates the amazing true story of Krystyna Zywulska, whose daring poems became anthems of defiance among her fellow prisoners in Auschwitz, and explores the fate of homosexuals during the Holocaust through the experience of Gad Beck and Manfred Lewin, two idealistic young lovers in 1930s Berlin whose lives and loves were torn apart under Nazi rule.

 

"Mr. Heggie may well be the richest, most accessible, most captivating opera composer since Benjamin Britten...He reduces major universal issues to credible personal stories, to which a listener can connect."

- The Wall Street Journal (2015)

 

Artists from left to right: Catherine Cook, mezzo soprano; Caitlyn Lynch, soprano; Michael Mayes, baritone; Robert Orth, baritone; Ava Pine, soprano

Featured Works

Fall Concert: La Revue de Cuisine

Venue: 
Benaroya Hall
Time: 
Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 3:00pm

Quantity:


Tickets are available through the MOR website until 12 P.M. on Sunday, November 8. After that time, tickets will only be available to purchase through the Benaroya Hall Box Office by calling 206.215.4747 or visiting: www.benaroyahall.com/concerttickets/calendar/2015-2016/concerts/benaroyahall/mor-la-revue-de-cuisine

Ticket Information: Season subscriptions are now on sale! Click here to learn more.

MOR is a proud member of TeenTix! Click here to learn more about how teenagers (13-19 years old) can get $5 tickets to any of our Seattle area concerts.

 

Experience the unmatched choreography of Seattle favorite Olivier Wevers and the Whim W'Him Contemporary Dance Company

What happens when the Pot, engaged to the Lid, is tempted away by the seductive Whisk, while the Dishcloth’s treacherous attempts to console the Lid are thwarted by the orderly Broom?  You’ll find out in Bohuslav Martinů’s sprightly jazz ballet La Revue de Cuisine, with daring new dances by the Whim W’Him Contemporary Dance Company. You’ll also discover poetic music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg, who suffered persecution by both Nazi and Stalinist regimes.  A set of haunting songs from the Vilna ghetto testify to the resilience of those who bared their souls through music even in the bleakest of times.  

CLICK HERE to read the November 2015 Press Release

"Whim W’Him’s core concept—classical modes reinvigorated by their fusion with contemporary movement and a multidisciplinary approach to all aspects of production—has been proved to be more than viable by Wevers and his collaborators...one sees just how much variety in vision and style is yet to be explored."

- T.S. Flock for the Vanguard Seattle on May 22, 2014
 
ABOUT OLIVIER WEVERS

Originally from Brussels, Belgium, Olivier Wevers is the founder and Artistic Director of Seattle’s critically acclaimed contemporary dance company Whim W’Him. In 2012 Wevers was honored with the City of Seattle’s Mayor’s Arts Award and in 2011 he received the Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship. In both 2011 and 2010 Wevers’ work took home the grand prize award at the Annual Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in California and he has also been named by Dance Magazine as one of their 25 to watch.

 

Click here to learn more about Whim W'Him and to view some of Olivier Wevers' choreography!

 

Concert Program

 

Mieczyslaw Weinberg

Capriccio, Op. 11 (1943)

Aria, Op. 9 (1942)

Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Leonid Keylin, violin

Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Mara Finkelstein, cello

 

Joel Engel

Freilachs, Op. 20, no. 2 (1923)

Takumi Taguchi, violin; Mina Miller, piano

 

Songs of the Vilna Ghetto 

Julia Benzinger, mezzo soprano

Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Leonid Keylin, violin

Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Mara Finkelstein, cello; Jonathan Green, double bass

 

Intermission

 

Franz Schreker

The Wind (1909)

Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Jeffrey Fair, French horn;

 Walter Gray, cello; Kimberly Russ, piano

 

Dick Kattenburg

Deux Valses a la Ravel

Mina Miller and Kimberly Russ, piano

 

Bohuslav Martinů

La revue de cuisine: ballet du Jazz (1927), H. 161

World Premiere

Choreography by Olivier Wevers

Artistic Director, Whim W’Him

Commissioned by Music of Remembrance

With dancers from Whim W’Him

 

Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Seth Krimsky, bassoon; David Gordon, trumpet;

 Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Walter Gray, cello; Kimberly Russ, piano 

Featured Works

Music Matters: Mina Miller and Jake Heggie

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2015 | 6:00 P.M.

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