History

Founded by President and Artistic Director Mina Miller in 1998, Music of Remembrance (MOR) is a Seattle-based chamber music organization.

Since our inaugural 1998-99 season, MOR has presented two mainstage concert programs annually at Seattle's Benaroya Hall, marking the anniversary of Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) each fall, and Holocaust Remembrance Day each spring. Introduced by Mina Miller, these mainstage programs combine serious vocal and chamber music with works in popular cabaret and traditional folk styles. Music from the Holocaust era is balanced with contemporary, Holocaust-inspired compositions, all performed by some of Seattle's leading chamber musicians.

Since 2015, MOR has presented a free, community wide concert at Benaroya Hall every January in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

As of the 2016-17 season, MOR has commissioned 31 music works, 6 dance works and produced 2 CDs and 2 documentaries (UNSILENCED and The Boys of Terezín).

In December 2008, MOR toured to Los Angeles, presenting the California premiere of our commission For a Look or a Touch by composer Jake Heggie. Since then, MOR has returned to California to present concerts annually in 2015, 2016 and 2017 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The next Bay Area concert will take place at San Francisco Conservatory of Music on May 24, 2018 at the same venue.

Sparks of Glory, MOR's musical witness outreach series, launched in 2005-06 with a residency at the Frye Art Museum, and has been presented free to the public each season since. The series attracts an audience new to chamber music and this musical legacy. Thanks to our commitment to rediscovering forgotten works by Holocaust-era musicians and to performing contemporary pieces and commissions, Sparks of Glory has been funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America.