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Holocaust Remembrance Concert & Recording, "Cantata for the Children of Terezin"

 Tuesday, September 08, 2015


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Music of hope and transformation for all. An album of empowerment.

Help us produce a live concert and recording of music that inspires and empowers even the most vulnerable among us. Support Mary Ann Joyce-Walter (composer) & the Music Conservatory of Westchester (presenter) in producing this event.

After traveling to the Czech Republic with a group of students in --- and seeing the artwork and poetry of children imprisoned in the World War II concentration camp in Terezin, Czechoslovakia, Mary Ann Joyce-Walter knew she had to set some of these poems to music in order to share the transformative power of music, art and poetry.

Out of about 15,000 children sent to Terezin between 1942-1944, only about 100 and a suitcase filled with poems and artwork survived. Dedicated to all children who suffer and die too soon, this piece is a testament to hope and transformation for all. This powerfully moving piece was composed with the intent to evoke compassion and hope that acts of horror against the young and innocent throughout the world will never happen again.

WHEN:            4 pm, November 1, 2015

WHERE:         Rye, New York (Congregation Emanu-El, 2125 Westchester Ave.)

WHO:             Composer: Mary Ann Joyce-Walter (professor emeritus, Manhattanville College)

Music Director and Conductor: Eugene Sirotkine (Music Director, Hudson Valley Singers, Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master Metroplitan Opera 1999-2008)

Soloist: Jeanne Gerard (soprano)

Children’s Choir: Elm City Girls’ Choir (United Choir School, New Haven, CT)

Choir: Including members of Hudson Valley Singers, Music Conservatory of  Westchester’s Teen Vocal Ensemble and volunteers from throughout the community

Orchestra: New York Metamorphoses Orchestra

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