From June 29 through July 5, our series of weekly streamed programs continues with “Hear Our Story Now,” Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and journalist John Sharify’s inspiring hour-long documentary chronicling MOR’s two-decade journey of musical witness and its impact in the world.
Since its inaugural concert in 1998, Music of Remembrance has grown from an embryonic start-up to an internationally admired performing organization serving a unique mission. MOR has performed over two hundred works, and the repertoire it continues to explore is vast and infinitely varied: Music by composers who were banned by the Third Reich either for their ideas or their Jewish identities. Music that was created, miraculously, in the horrific conditions of ghettos and concentration camps. Music by activist composers who used their art in protest. Works that sample the cultural traditions of different groups – not only Jews – that were targeted by the Nazis.
Preserving this precious legacy is only part of MOR’s story. Music of Remembrance has commissioned and premiered over 30 new works by some of today’s leading composers, exploring the lives of people who experienced the Holocaust in different ways and in different places. These pathbreaking works speak to us today by also addressing urgent questions of human rights and social justice in our own time for our own time.
But Music of Remembrance is more than the sum total of musical works and composers over time. John Sharify’s inspiring documentary “Hear Our Story Now” is also a tribute to the people who have been part of this journey and made it possible. In the film you’ll experience some of the musical highlights of MOR’s first two decades, and you’ll meet some of the artists, composers, audience members, community members and other people of all ages who are part of this amazing story. The film’s premiere screening was at Seattle’s Frye Art Museum on October 18, 2018.
Coming next: (July 6 through12): Brundibár. Hans Krása’s iconic children’s opera was performed 55 times by child prisoners in Terezín, with casts that constantly needed to be replenished to replace the young singers sent to Auschwitz and other death camps after many of the shows. Watch our 2014 production at Seattle Children’s Theater with young stars from Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint!. You’ll also meet a very special guest: Ela Stein Weissberger, who as an 11-year old prisoner sang the role of The Cat in all 55 performances in Terezín.