Marking the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings, the Weekly Feature for August 3-9 includes two works that make eloquent pleas about the urgency of preventing nuclear war: August 6th by Shinji Eshima, and Snow Falls by Ryuichi Sakamoto. Also: Sakamoto’s Passage, based on a refugee’s account of his struggle to flee violence in the Middle East.
2019 - 2020 Concert Season
Save the date!
MOR's Annual Gala Evening
Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 6 p.m.
Norcliffe Founders Room, Benaroya Hall
(following the 4 p.m. concert Passage at Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall)
After the concert, please join us for a very special evening at our annual gala event. You'll mingle with MOR artists and other special guests at a festive post-concert reception and share a gourmet dinner. You'll also help MOR to continue fulfilling its unique mission.
Violins of Hope is a unique project inspired by a private collection of violins, violas and cellos lovingly restored over the past two decades by Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein. The instruments all belonged to Jews who played them before and during the Holocaust. Many were donated by or bought from survivors; some arrived through family members and many simply carry Stars of David as a decoration and an identity tag declaring: “We were played by proud people.” These precious instruments can now be heard again even though their former owners were silenced.
Music of Remembrance will bring a quartet of the Violins of Hope instruments to Seattle for a special narrated concert at Benaroya Hall on March 1, featuring the core members of the Music of Remembrance ensemble, all members of the Seattle Symphony. These artists will be performing on the Holocaust-era Violins of Hope instruments in a program of music by composers lost to the Holocaust.
On January 27, 2020, International Holocaust Remembrance Day will coincide with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Music of Remembrance (MOR) presents Art From Ashes, a free community-wide concert marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Music of Remembrance’s stellar ensemble will join forces with some of the region’s most talented youth ensembles – the Northwest Boychoir, the Seattle Girls Choir, and the University of Washington Chamber Orchestra – in a program showcasing remarkable chamber and vocal works created by murdered composers from across Nazi-controlled Europe. These musical treasures remain as a testament to inspiring courage and resilience in a time of unfathomable horrors. They tell stories that resonate today as strongly as ever.
Music of Remembrance presents a concert featuring two world premieres inspired by the Holocaust’s lessons for today’s world. Iconic composer Ryuichi Sakamoto's compelling Passage depicts the struggle of a refugee to escape violence and persecution in his own land. Shinji Eshima's Veritas is a soulful statement against religious intolerance. Also, American composer Paul Schoenfield's Camp Songs with its setting of bitingly ironic poems that Sachsenhausen political prisoner Aleksander Kulisiewicz dared create under the noses of his Nazi captors.