MOR At SAM: Art & Social Protest Join Arms At April's Free Concert-With-Commentary

MOR Makes Its Bainbridge Island Debut!

Seattle, WA (March 5th, 2013)—Saturday, April 20, 2013, Seattle’s Music of Remembrance (MOR) performs its third and final Sparks of Glory concert-with-commentary of the season, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Seattle Art Museum’s Plestcheeff Auditorium. MOR repeats this program on Sunday, April 21, at 4:00 p.m. at The Commons on Bainbridge Island, the group’s first appearance on Bainbridge. Since 2005, MOR’s Sparks of Glory series has ventured beyond the concert hall to neighborhoods all around Seattle.

For April’s free-to-the-public outreach concerts, young opera soprano Corinna Quilliam will sing the role of Krystyna Zywulska in Jake Heggie’s Another Sunrise, the MOR commission that had its world premiere last spring. With her mother, Zywulska walked out of the Warsaw ghetto in broad daylight. As a member of the Polish resistance, she counterfeited identity cards and other documents. Captured by the Gestapo in 1943 and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, she wrote satiric poems that became camp anthems of resistance. Zywulska’s life—and her struggle to recount it—form the basis of this intense musical drama. (Drawing on Zywulska’s actual lyrics and poetry, composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer are creating a sequel, Farewell, Auschwitz!, that MOR will unveil at Benaroya Hall in May 2013).

A Seattle Times review of the world premiere of Another Sunrise said: “Heggie’s music is transparent, often luminous, and at the climax, shockingly intense, but not doom-laden. It reinforces that survival is made up of little details, often ordinary in themselves.” Soprano Corinna Quilliam has been heard all around the Puget Sound at Seattle Opera Guild opera previews; this will be her debut with MOR.

Before the MOR ensemble takes the stage at SAM, MOR Artistic Director Mina Miller will discuss how socially and politically engaged artists use their sense of moral outrage to fuel their creative work. Miller will contrast SAM’s exhibition “Morality Tales: American Art and Social Protest, 1935-45”—featuring drawings by Seattle artists Abe Blashko, Rudolph Zallinger, and Alton Pickens—with Krystyna Zywulska’s extraordinary story.

Audiences will hear, too, Erwin Schulhoff’s stunning Duo for violin and cello, dedicated to Leoš Janáček. An ahead-of-his-time composer, Schulhoff embraced political and avant-garde musical ideas that were shaped by his disillusionment after World War I. He would die in a Nazi labor camp, and it would take another half-century before his iconoclastic and innovative music would begin to receive the recognition it deserves.

Concert Information
2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2013
Plestcheeff Auditorium, Seattle Art Museum

4:00 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 2013
The Commons, Bainbridge Island

Admission: FREE

Jake Heggie
Another Sunrise (2012)
Corinna Quilliam, soprano
Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Walter Gray, cello; Jonathan Green, double bass; Mina Miller, piano

Erwin Schulhoff
Duo (1925)
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Walter Gray, cello

About Music of Remembrance
Music of Remembrance (MOR) fills a unique 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.

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