San Francisco Concert: Voices of Witness



For the fourth consecutive year, MOR brings its music and its mission to the Bay Area. This varied program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, features inspiring music of Holocaust defiance and the world premiere of a new work on the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans.

Pre-concert event: 6:45 p.m.  Meet the Composer - Matt Kahn (AJC San Francisco) interviews Christophe Chagnard. 


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About the Concert:

The May 24 program, marking MOR’s fourth annual concert in the Bay Area, premieres new compositions by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Christophe Chagnard. Sakamoto’s new work, Snow Falls, draws on melodies from his film score for “Nagasaki: Memories of My Son.” It sets the iconic poem of the same title by Kiyoko Nagase, both in the original Japanese and in English translation by Japan’s Empress Michiko. Chagnard’s multimedia work Gaman focuses on the experience of people forced into incarceration camps because of their Japanese ancestry during World War II. The title refers to the struggle to endure the unbearable with patience and dignity. Combining traditional Japanese and classical Western instruments, this work brings a powerful story to life through testimonies of the words and images created by three artists and poets during their captivity in the Minidoka camp. Included in the program is Paul Schoenfield’s Sparks of Glory, four passionate portraits of Holocaust defiance taken from the true accounts of heroes too modest to recognize their own heroism. In addition, soprano Roslyn Barak will interpret Songs from Terezín that the prisoners wrote and sang under the noses of their Nazi captors. Pre-concert event: 6:45 p.m. Meet the Composer - Matt Kahn (AJC San Francisco) interviews Christophe Chagnard. 

MOR’s chamber ensemble, drawn from the ranks of the Seattle Symphony, is joined by guest artists baritone/narrator Erich Parce; sopranos Roslyn Barak and Ann Moss; and Ringtaro and Asako Tateishi of Seattle’s School of Taiko.


Complete Program:

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Snow Falls (2017)
An arrangement based on “Nagasaki: Memories of My Son”
Commissioned by Music of Remembrance
Bay Area Premiere

Christophe Chagnard: Gaman (2018)
Commissioned by Music of Remembrance
Bay Area Premiere

Songs from Terezín

Paul Schoenfield: Sparks of Glory (1995)




Featured Artists:

Roslyn Barak, soprano; Ann Moss, soprano; Erich Parce, actor & baritone

Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola;

Walter Gray, cello; Jonathan Green, double bass;

Jessica Choe and Mina Miller, piano


Post-Concert Reception:

Mingle with the artists and enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres as we celebrate the Bay Area premiere of MOR's new music commissions. Reception tickets are $100 (a portion of each ticket represents a tax deductible donation to MOR). Please note that reception tickets do not include admission to the concert. Concert and/or reception tickets may be purchased using the order forms above. The reception will take place in the SF Conservatory of Music's Osher Salon immediately following the concert, and will last from approximately 9:30 - 11 p.m.



San Francisco Community Partners



Ann Moss, soprano
Erich Parce, baritone
Roslyn Barak, soprano
Ringtaro Tateishi, fue flute