Sparks of Glory: Different Trains
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