Commissioned by Music of Remembrance
Donald Byrd, choreographer; Shadou Mintrone, dancer
Kim Russ and Mina Miller, piano
Recorded November 9, 2014 at Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall
Amsterdam-born composer Dick Kattenburg (1919-1944) barely had a chance to experience life as an adult before the German occupation. Like Anne Frank, only ten years his junior, Kattenburg spent the war years in hiding. Betrayed and arrested in May 1944, he was sent to the Westerbork transit camp and from there to Auschwitz, where he was murdered shortly after arrival. Kattenburg, who died at 24, never heard this work nor most of his other music performed. It is only through a remarkable chain of coincidence that the score has been discovered. This November 9, 2014 MOR performance is the US premiere of Tap Dance with a tap dancer, and the world premiere of new choreography by Donald Byrd, Artistic Director of Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater.