Sparks of Glory: Different Trains

This event is part of our free Sparks of Glory educational series.

SAM’s exhibitions explore the many ways in which artists have responded, in their work, to world-changing events. Our concert includes the music of two important contemporary American composers addressing this challenge. Steve Reich’s acclaimed Different Trains was inspired by childhood memories of his transcontinental train trips between his separated parents during World War II, and the tragic irony of the different rail journeys made by European children of the same age. Lori Laitman’s The Seed of Dream is a song cycle based on poems that Abraham Sutzkever wrote in the Vilna Ghetto before he escaped and became a resistance fighter.

Steve Reich's Different Trains

Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Elisa Barston, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Walter Gray, cello

Lori Laitman's The Seed of Dream

 

Erich Parce, baritone; Walter Gray, cello; Mina Miller, piano