2020 - 2021 Concert Season

Webinar: Insights - Stormy Seas

A special program about Music of Remembrance's commission Stormy Seas. Artistic Director Mina Miller talks with composer Sahba Aminikia, author Mary Beth Leatherdale, stage director Erich Parce, and clarinetist Laura DeLuca about the true stories behind the work and the challenges of presenting the work during the pandemic.

Artistic Director Mina Miller in Conversation with
Sahba Aminikia, composer of Stormy Seas
Mary Beth Leatherdale, author of Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees
Erich Parce, stage director
Laura DeLuca, clarinetist 

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Gala: Ginkgos Blossom; Hope Endures

 

Please Join Our Online 2020

Gala Celebration and Fundraiser

Honoring our Amazing Artists

Ginkgo trees near the center of the atomic blasts in Hiroshima survived the inferno because of their resilience and deep roots, sprouting new leaves within days. The survivor trees have come to represent the endurance of hope.

MOR’s roots in our community are deep, our resilience strong. But we need your help to sprout new leaves.

Please join our online celebration. By supporting our work, you’re also supporting our extraordinary performers and sustaining our arts community at this challenging time. 

By supporting our mission, you’re making it possible for us to tell stories of hope and courage that are so needed in today’s world. MOR performs music that matters – now more than ever.

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Webinar: Hans Gál - An Inspirational Life

Join us for a special program featuring the music of Hans Gál, whose charming early piano trio will also be part of the November 1 concert. Gál fled his native Vienna for England, but when the war broke out he became one of the tens of thousands of foreign nationals from Nazi-controlled countries to be interned as “enemy aliens.” Despite that experience he chose to remain in Britain, becoming a vital force in the country’s musical life and continuing to compose for over five decades. In this fascinating conversation you’ll meet the composer’s daughter Eva Fox-Gál and her son Simon Fox, who join us from the UK.

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Webinar: Haim - A Story of Hope and Perseverance

Meet Polina Nazaykinskaya, whose moving work Haim receives its Northwest Premiere on our season-opening concert on November 1. You’ll learn the inspiring story of violinist David Arben, who survived three concentration and four labor camps as a boy and eventually made it to the Philadelphia Orchestra where he served for 34 years, more than a dozen as Associate Concertmaster. Meet violinist Rebecca Jackson, who commissioned and premiered Haim and authored the biography of Arben.

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Concert: Return to Amasia (February 28 – March 7, 2021)

Our fourth and final virtual concert of this unique season shines a light on the Armenian genocide with Return to Amasia by American composer Eric Hachikian. During and after World War I, about one and a half million ethnic Armenians in Turkey and adjacent regions were systematically murdered or expelled by the Ottoman authorities. Hachikian is the grandson of survivors from the genocide and Return to Amasia is an intimate musical and visual account of his own journey to that city in in search of his roots. Parts of the music are adapted from Hachikian’s score for Voyage to Amasia, the feature-length documentary film that he produced. You’ll be able to view the complete film when we screen it online around the time of this concert.

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Concert: Stormy Seas (December 13 - 27)

Iranian-American composer Sahba Aminikia is also a performer and educator with a deep personal commitment to human rights causes. He is the founder and artistic director of the Flying Carpet Festival, a performing arts festival for children in war zones. His new work is based on the beautiful book Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Eleanor Shakespeare. It tells five true stories about young people who braved the peril of setting sail in search of safe shores: from Nazi Germany; from communist Cuba; from war-torn Vietnam; from Taliban-dominated Afghanistan; from an orphanage in Ivory Coast. The work is a testament to hope and courage, and an appeal to our shared humanity.

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Concert: To Life! (November 1- 8) 

Gifted Russian-born composer Polina Nazaykinskaya’s Haim (Hebrew for “life”) is a musical tribute to David Arben, a survivor of three concentration and four labor camps as a young boy who was saved by his violin when he was pulled from a crowd of 105 prisoners waiting to be shot or buried alive by the SS. After the war he came to America, penniless and barely speaking a word of English. Eventually he joined the Philadelphia Orchestra for 34 years, more than a dozen as Associate Concertmaster. In Arben’s words, “Music is Life. Music is Hope. Music is Peace.”

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Concert: For a Look or a Touch - San Francisco

On May 24, 2021 Music of Remembrance returns to the Bay Area after a year’s hiatus due to the pandemic. Their performance at the newly-renovated Presidio Theatre features a rare double bill of works by the incomparable team of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. Heggie and Scheer are among the most prominent figures in new opera today. Their works like Moby-Dick and It’s a Wonderful Life have been presented by San Francisco Opera and by major opera houses around the world. Israel Opera performed Heggie’s Dead Man Walking in December 2019, and the work’s Metropolitan Opera’s 2021 production will be showcased worldwide in an HD broadcast.

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Concert: For a Look or a Touch - Seattle

Music of Remembrance returns to the concert hall after a year’s hiatus due to the pandemic. Our performance features a rare double bill of works by the incomparable team of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. Heggie and Scheer are among the most prominent figures in new opera today. Their works like Moby-Dick and It’s a Wonderful Life have been presented by San Francisco Opera and by major opera houses around the world. Israel Opera performed Heggie’s Dead Man Walking in December 2019, and the work’s Metropolitan Opera’s 2021 production will be showcased worldwide in an HD broadcast. 

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