Music of Remembrance's Mission
Music of Remembrance fills a unique role throughout the world by remembering the Holocaust through music. With concert performances, educational programs, recordings, and commissions of new works by some of today’s leading composers, MOR honors those of all backgrounds who found the strength to create even in the face of persecution, and those who had the courage to speak out against cruelty. We tell stories that communicate urgent moral lessons for today with a scope that extends beyond the Holocaust itself to the experience of others who have been excluded or persecuted for their faith, ethnicity, gender or sexuality.
“MOR gives a voice to the voiceless. It tells stories for those who could not tell their own story. It makes us whole. It brings us together. Music of Remembrance inspires us. It unites us and it heals us as a community and as a world one concert at a time." – mezzo soprano Catherine Cook
"MOR addresses timeless and contemporary themes that include religious intolerance, the worldwide refugee crisis, the urgency of preventing nuclear war, and the separation of families at our border. They tell stories that absolutely must be heard!" – composer Jake Heggie
“Music of Remembrance does what our most beloved cultural institutions always aspire to do when they preserve the voices of the past, or when they commission and midwife brand new works based on timeless themes. They educate us and inspire us. And oh how they inspire in concerts filled with beauty, passion, meaning, justice, heartbreak, comfort, and joy.” – composer Tom Cipullo
“Music of Remembrance has highlighted the reality that in the end we really are like a grove of aspen trees. We all share a common root network and if one tree is sick we all feel the effects. We’re not just learning about what happened. We’re learning about how we can grow as human beings.” –librettist Gene Scheer
Oct 30, 2022 - 5:00 PM
Jan 22, 2023 - 12:00 PM
Mar 19, 2023 - 5:00 PM
May 21, 2023 - 4:00 PM
May 24, 2023 - 7:30 PM
May 27, 2023 - 7:30 PM
May 28, 2023 - 3:00 PM
Community Partner Activities
- Tom CipulloThe Parting
Soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano
Chamber opera based on the life and work of Hungarian poet Miklós Radnóti set on his last night with wife Fanni before his WWII conscription.
- Ryuichi SakamotoPassage
Narrator, string quartet
Narrated poem by Kareem Lotfy with string quartet about an Arab Spring refugee.
- Shinji EshimaVeritas
Cello, double bass, projection
Multi-media work with media projections by Kate Duhamel based on Vandalized Doors series by sculptor Al Farrow.
- Choreography for Lullaby & Doina
- Mary Kouyoumdjianto open myself, to scream
Clarinet, bass clarinet, trumpet, violin, cello, double bass, recording, click track, projection
Multi-media work inspired by the life of Roma painter and writer Ceija Stojka who survived three concentration camps.
- Keiko FujiieWilderness Mute
Soprano, baritone, clarinet, violin, cello, double bass
Song cycle based on eye-witness accounts of Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
- Ryuichi SakamotoSnow Falls
Narrator, violin, piano
Text from a poem by Kiyoko Nagase about a mother visited by the ghost of her son lost in the atomic bombing with melodies from the film score to Nagasaki: Memories of My Son.
- Jake HeggieOut of Darkness
2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, baritone, actor/baritone, flute, clarinet (Bb and A), violín, cello, double bass, piano
A two-act opera. Act one, “Krystyna,” tells the story of poet Krystyna Zywulska in Auschwitz. Act two, “Gad,” imagines the renunion of homosexuals Gad Beck and Manfred Lewin torn apart under Nazi rule in Berlin.
- Choreography for Arnold Schoenberg's Transfigured Night
- Choreography for Dick Kattenburg's Tap Dance
- Lori LaitmanIn Sleep The World Is Yours
Soprano, oboe, piano
Song cycle based on the poetry of Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger who died at 18 in a Nazi labor camp.
- Alicia SvigalsThe Yellow Ticket (arrangement)
Violin, clarinet, piano
Film score for 1918 silent movie Der Gelbe Schein based on Abraham Schomer’s melodrama Afn Yam un “Ellis Island” and Aleksandr Amfiteatrow’s novel The Yellow Pass.
- Jake HeggieFor a Look or a Touch (Song Cycle)
Actor, baritone, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano
Based on the journal of Manfred Lewin written for his lover Gad Beck, who tells his story in the film Paragraph 175.
- Jake HeggieFarewell, Auschwitz
Soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone, clarinet, violín, cello, double bass, piano
Based on Wiazanka z Effektenkammer by lyricist Krystyna Zywulska written in Auschwitz.
- Pat HonDestination Unknown (2013), choreography for Zeks Yiddishe Lider un Tantz from The Golem by Betty Olivero
- Aharon HarlapPictures from the Private Collection of God (arrangement)
Mezzo-soprano, baritone, oboe, string quartet
Song cycle based on the poetry of Yaakov Barzilai, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor.
- Choreography for Franz Schreker's The Wind
- Paul SchoenfieldGhetto Songs
Soprano, baritone, clarinet, violin, cello, double bass, piano
Based on the poetry in a notebook of Mordechai Gebirtig.
- David StockMayn Shvester Khaye
Mezzo-soprano, clarinet, string quartet
Arrangement of the song by Israeli singer Chava Alberstein based on the poem written by Pole Binem Heller for his sister, who died in Treblinka extermination camp.
- Gerard SchwarzRudolf and Jeanette
Flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, horn, 2 violins, viola, 2 cellos, double bass, piano, harp, celesta
A musical tribute to Schwarz’s maternal grandparents, Rudolf and Jeanette Weiss, who were murdered at a concentration camp in Riga, Latvia.