to open myself, to scream
The Holocaust touched people of countless faces, places and identities. Music of Remembrance's May 2017 concerts feature the world premiere of a bold new work about the experience of Europe's Roma under Nazi rule. Composer Mary Kouyoumdjian’s multi-media work to open myself, to scream is inspired by the life of Roma artist Ceija Stojka, who survived three concentration camps to become a noted painter and writer. The performance combines visual projection by Syrian-Armenian artist Kevork Mourad with live chamber orchestra and electronic recording. Watch an excerpt from the San Francisco world premiere on May 24, 2017:
Mary Kouyoumdjian: to open myself, to scream (2017)
Media Design by: Kevork Mourad
Commissioned by Music of Remembrance
Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Alexander White, trumpet; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Walter Gray, cello; Jonathan Green, double bass
Approximate length: 25 minutes
Seattle World Premiere:
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, Seattle
Sunday, May 21, 2017 5:00 p.m.
San Francisco Premiere
San Francisco Conservatory of Music; 50 Oak Street, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 7:30 p.m.