Vibrant program features works by American and Israeli composers whose work touches on the emotional struggle of loss and destruction
Seattle, WA (February 3, 2015) — Music of Remembrance (MOR) will continue it’s free “Sparks of Glory” outreach series with Until When? at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Seattle Art Museum. The musical program will feature works by two American and two Israeli composers whose work explores the emotional struggle of loss and destruction, and the renewal of self and community. The concert will compliment SAM’s exquisite collection of Native American art in private hands: Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection. The exhibit’s artifacts and tribal art challenge us to confront questions of how cultures can maintain their identities when faced by existential threat. The Nazi assault destroyed the vibrant and distinctive communal life that had long characterized Jewish Europe. Israeli composer Eugene Levitas' song cycle Until When? sets five compelling verses by the Hungarian poet and Holocaust survivor Yaakov Barzilai. Barzilai survived the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where his father and grandfather were murdered, and he has dedicated his life to communicating the lessons of the Holocaust through poetry. Marc Lavry’s Suite Concertante exemplifies the distinctive Israeli style that the composer helped establish after escaping to Palestine from Nazi-controlled Europe. American composer Lori Laitman’s song cycle Todesfuge, is a setting of the famous writer Paul Celan’s hauntingly vivid poem recalling the horrors he saw. David Stock’s A Vanished World, commissioned by Music of Remembrance, offers a nostalgic reminiscence of shtetl life in pre-war Eastern Europe.
Until When? Concert Ticket Information
Free and open to the public.
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 2:00 P.M.
Plestcheef Auditorium, Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Marc Lavry: Suite Concertante for Flute, Viola & Harp, Op. 348
Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola & Valerie Muzzolini, harp
Eugene Levitas: Until When?
Karen Early Evans, soprano; Walter Gray, cello; Mina Miller, piano; Erich Parce, narrator
Lori Laitman: Todesfuge
Erich Parce, baritone; Walter Gray, cello
David Stock: A Vanished World (commissioned by Music of Remembrance)
Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola & Valerie Muzzolini, har
About Music of Remembrance
Founded in 1998, Music of Remembrance (MOR) fills a unique cultural role in Seattle and throughout the world by remembering the Holocaust through music with concert performances, educational programs, recordings and commissions of new works.
• Mainstage concerts and innovative programs at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall featuring leading musicians and world-acclaimed guest artists
• “Sparks of Glory,” a series of free concerts-with-commentary at the Seattle Art Museum and other community settings
• Educational outreach, live performances and multi-media presentations to schools and colleges
• Six CD recordings produced for Naxos, the world’s leading classical music label
• The Boys of Terezín, MOR’s 2011 documentary film, continues to be screened by film festivals around the globe
MOR also commissions and premieres new Holocaust-inspired works by today’s leading composers, building bridges across generations and sharing stories that underline the Holocaust’s urgent moral relevance for us now.