Fall Concert: Passage: Confronting Intolerance

 

Music of Remembrance presents a concert featuring two world premieres inspired by the Holocaust’s lessons for today’s world. Iconic composer Ryuichi Sakamoto's compelling Passage depicts the struggle of a refugee to escape violence and persecution in his own land. Shinji Eshima's Veritas is a soulful statement against religious intolerance, with media projections by Kate Duhamel of sculptor Al Farrow's "Vandalized Doors" series. Also, American composer Paul Schoenfield's Camp Songs with its setting of bitingly ironic poems that Sachsenhausen political prisoner Aleksander Kulisiewicz dared create under the noses of his Nazi captors.

“I tried under all circumstances to create verses that would serve as direct poetical reportage. I used my memory as a living archive. Friends came to me and dictated their songs.” - Aleksander Kulisiewicz

 

Program

 

Ryuichi Sakamoto Passage (2019)* World Premiere

Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Natasha Bazhanov, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Walter Gray, cello

 

Shinji Eshima Veritas (2019)* World Premiere

Media design by Kate Duhamel, based on sculptor Al Farrow's "Vandalized Doors" series

Walter Gray, cello; Jonathan Green, double bass

 

Paul Schoenfield Camp Songs (2002)*

Karen Early Evans, soprano; Erich Parce, baritone

Mihkail Shmidt, violin; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Walter Gray, cello; Jonathan Green, double bass; Jessica Choe, piano 

 

*Works commissioned by Music of Remembrance

Ryuichi Sakamoto
Camp Songs by Paul Schoenfield
"Vandalized Doors" by sculptor Al Farrow