Mission and History
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.
Since its inaugural 1998-99 season, MOR has presented at least two mainstage concert programs each year at Seattle's Benaroya Hall. An annual fall concert marks the anniversary of Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass), and a spring concert marks Holocaust Remembrance Day. These concerts combine music from the Holocaust era with contemporary works – many of them world premieres – by today’s leading composers. The programs balance serious classical works with music in popular cabaret and traditional folk styles. Over the years MOR has commissioned over thirty new works, ranging from instrumental chamber pieces, songs cycles, choral music, original choreography, musical dramas, and two fully-staged operas. MOR’s stellar ensembles, drawn largely from the ranks of Seattle Symphony, are joined by world-class guest artists. Since 2015, MOR has brought its programs to the Bay Area with an annual major concert in San Francisco.
Through its Sparks of Glory outreach initiative, MOR has brought free programs to community settings like the Frye Art Museum and Seattle Art Museum, and presentations and performances to students and educators at schools and colleges across the region. Since 2015, MOR has also presented a free community-wide concert at Benaroya Hall every January to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. MOR has reached people around the world with its seven CD recordings on the Naxos label. Its documentary The Boys of Terezín has inspired people at film and cultural festivals on four continents.
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