Contemporary Works by Golijov and Sargon, with Guest Vocalist Megan Chenovick
SEATTLE, WA—February 16, 2012—Seattle-based Music of Remembrance’s next Sparks of Glory concert-with-commentary, titled Not Martyrs, Not Saints, spotlights contemporary chamber music related to the Holocaust. The free performance begins at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Wallingford’s Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N).
The concert features three works, two by contemporary composers, Simon Sargon and Osvaldo Golijov. MOR Artistic Director Mina Miller will discuss the varied ways living composers are responding to the Holocaust, as audiences will then hear in Sargon’s and Golijov’s works, performed by Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute; Mara Finkelstein, cello; Jonathan Green, double bass; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Mina Miller, piano; and Mikhail Shmidt, violin.
American composer Simon Sargon was inspired to create a song cycle based on a set of poems by Italian author and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi, who died in 1987. “Shemà is the Hebrew word for affirmation of faith in God's unity; it is sung or spoken in every Jewish service. Levi’s poem includes a quotation from the biblical prayer associated with shemà,” Sargon wrote in his program notes. Shemà will be sung by soprano Megan Chenovick, a two-time Northwest Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Finalist.
Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Lullaby and Doina, in contrast, begins with a Yiddish lullaby that Golijov composed for Sally Potter’s film The Man Who Cried, about a Russian-Jewish refugee who falls in love with a gypsy at the onset of WWII. “The lullaby metamorphoses into a dense and dark doina (a gypsy slow, rubato genre) featuring the lowest string of the violas,” said Golijov. “The piece ends in a fast gallop boasting a theme that I stole from my friends of the wild gypsy band Taraf de Haïdouks.”
MOR also celebrates the work of the audacious and innovative Erwin Schulhoff, who died in the Wülzburg concentration camp. Ahead of his time, Schulhoff brought a multitude of styles and influences into chamber music, including jazz and expressionism. His Concertino for Flute, Viola and Double Bass was written in 1925, and grew out of his fascination with Slavonic folk music.
Not Martyrs, Not Saints
March 24, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Wallingford
Simon Sargon: Shemà (1994)
Megan Chenovick, soprano; Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Mara Finkelstein, cello; Mina Miller, piano
Erwin Schulhoff: Concertino for Flute, Viola and Double Bass (1925)
Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Jonathan Green, double bass
Osvaldo Golijov: Lullaby and Doina (2001)
Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Mara Finkelstein, cello; Jonathan Green, double bass
About Music of Remembrance
Music of Remembrance (MOR) fills a unique spiritual and cultural role in Seattle and throughout the United States by remembering Holocaust musicians and their art through musical performances, educational programs, musical recordings and commissions of new works. Since its 1998-99 inaugural year, MOR has presented two major concerts annually at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, marking the anniversary of Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) each fall and Holocaust Remembrance Day each spring. Since 2005-06, MOR’s Sparks of Glory outreach series has combined free public concerts with commentary by Artistic Director Mina Miller, reaching beyond the concert hall through performance residencies around Seattle. MOR has also produced six CDs—five on Naxos, the world’s leading classical music label—and two documentaries, both by award-winning filmmaker John Sharify. More information available at www.musicofremembrance.org.