Seattle, WA (May 28, 2013)—Saturday, June 15, 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. This concert was rescheduled from its original date of April 20th.
Since 2005, MOR’s Sparks of Glory outreach series has ventured beyond the concert hall to neighborhoods across Seattle. June’s free-to-the-public concert features young operatic soprano Corinna Quilliam in Another Sunrise by acclaimed composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. The work was commissioned by MOR and premiered in May 2012.
Another Sunrise tells the incredible story of Krystyna Zywulska. 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 anthems of resistance among her fellow prisoners. Zywulska’s life—and her struggle to recount it—form the basis of this intense musical drama.
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.” (Following Another Sunrise, Heggie and Scheer continued their exploration of Krystyna Zywulska’s story with the companion piece Farewell, Auschwitz, based on the actual verses that Zywulska created in the camp. MOR unveiled the work to enthusiastic critical praise at Benaroya Hall on May 14, 2013.)
Audiences will hear, too, Erwin Schulhoff’s stunning Duo for violin and cello, dedicated to Leoš Janáček. An innovative 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 music began to receive the recognition it deserves.
To introduce the concert, MOR Artistic Director Mina Miller will explore each work’s historical context and discuss the musical program’s relationship to works on display at SAM. She will examine how Krystyna Zywulska’s extraordinary story is mirrored by the works in the SAM gallery by socially and politically engaged artists whose sense of moral outrage helped fuel their creative energy.
2:00p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2013
Plestcheeff Auditorium, Seattle Art Museum
Another Sunrise (2012)
Corinna Quilliam, soprano
Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Walter Gray, cello; Jonathan Green, double bass; Mina Miller, piano
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.