Seattle Gay News: Music of Remembrance to premiere new dances by Spectrum Dance Theater's Donald Byrd this November

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The dynamic program will feature works by Schoenberg, Smit, Kattenburg and Terezin prisoners

SEATTLE (October 31st, 2014) - On Sunday, November 9, at 4 p.m., Music of Remembrance (MOR) launches its 17th season with 'Transfigured Night' at Benaroya Hall. The concert features the world premiere of an original dance score that MOR commissioned from acclaimed Spectrum Dance Theater choreographer Donald Byrd to accompany Arnold Schoenberg's youthful Romantic masterpiece 'Verklaerte Nacht' ('Transfigured Night'). A stellar string sextet of MOR instrumentalists joins forces with performers from Spectrum Dance Theater in this soulful depiction of love, forgiveness and redemption.

The program also features music by two Dutch composers murdered at Nazi hands. Leo Smit was one of inter-war Europe's most promising young composers. He created his exquisite 'Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano in Paris,' where he'd plunged himself into the heady musical milieu of Ravel, Milhaud, Stravinsky and Poulenc. Smit's student and young colleague Dick Kattenburg was still in his teens when he composed his joyful 'Escapades' and the enchanting 'Tap Dance!' performed at this concert with exuberant new choreography by Spectrum Dance Theater's Donald Byrd.

The remarkable musical life in the Terezín concentration camp included an active cabaret scene, often staged on short notice in the barracks. The songs and skits ranged from the nostalgic to the satirical to the defiant. Julia Benzinger, praised by the International Herald Tribune for her 'luscious mezzo,' performs an engaging medley of musical numbers.

Participating Artists
Leo Smit
'Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano' (1928)
Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute; Benjamin Hausmann, oboe; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Seth Krimsky, bassoon; Jeffrey Fair, French horn; Kimberly Russ, piano

Dick Kattenberg
'Escapades' (1938)
Elisa Barston and Mikhail Shmidt, violins

Dick Kattenberg
'Tap Dance!' (1936)
Spectrum Dance Theater tap dancer; Kimberly Russ and Mina Miller, piano

Songs and Satire from Terezin
Julia Benzinger, mezzo-soprano; Mina Miller, piano

Arnold Schoenberg
'Verklaerte Nacht' (1899)
Choreography by Donald Byrd, Artistic Director, Spectrum Dance Theater (WORLD PREMIERE)
Commissioned by Music of Remembrance with dancers from Spectrum Dance Theater
Elisa Barston, violin; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Artur Girsky, viola; Walter Gray, cello; Roberta Downey, cello

Tickets
Tickets: $40
Special Offer: $30 for under 30 years of age
Phone: (206) 365-7770
Online: www.musicofremembrance.org
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall
3rd Avenue & Union Street

About Music of Remembrance
Founded in 1998, 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.

- Mainstage concerts and innovative programs at Seattle's Benaroya Hall featuring leading musicians and world-acclaimed guest artists

- 'Sparks of Glory,' a series of free concerts-with-commentary at the Seattle Art Museum and other community settings

- Educational outreach, live performances and multi-media presentations to schools and colleges

- Six CD recordings produced for Naxos, the world's leading classical music label

- The Boys of Terezin, MOR's 2011 documentary film, continues to be screened by film festivals around the globe MOR also commissions and premieres new Holocaust-inspired works by today's leading composers, building bridges across generations and sharing stories that underline the Holocaust's urgent moral relevance for us now.

Courtesy of Music of Remembrance