Mirror of Memory: Music of Remembrance Spring Concert
In 2015, Music of Remembrance (MOR) introduced itself to San Francisco with a program combining music from the time of the Holocaust with two of our recent major commissions. That concert paved the path for last season's breakthrough production of Jake Heggie's opera Out of Darkness, and we're excited to return to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music again in May 2017. The varied program will feature MOR's next large music commission: a new work about the experience of Europe's Roma people during the Holocaust by Armenian-American composer Mary Kouyoumdjian. Kouyoumdjians work, to open myself, to scream, shares the story of Romani artist Ceija Stojka, who survived three concentration camps to become a noted painter and writer. The multi-media work combines electronic music with live chamber music and incorporates compelling visual imagery from the Syrian-Armenian media designer Kevork Mourad.
The program also features San Francisco Opera favorite Catherine Cook in a performance of songs from the Vilna Ghetto. During World War II, Vilnas Jews held out to defend a unique heritage, and within the ghettos walls poetry and music took on special importance. These songs in Yiddish take us on an inspiring journey that spans heartbreak, hope, defiance and even humor. Cook will also perform contemporary American composer Lori Laitman's moving song cycle The Seed of Dream, based on poetry by Vilna Ghetto survivor and resistance fighter Abraham Sutzkever. MORs instrumental ensemble, drawn from the ranks of the Seattle Symphony, will also perform Israeli composer Betty Oliveros klezmer-infused music that she created for the 1920 silent film The Golem.
Join us for an exclusive Post-concert Reception directly following the concert in the Osher Salon from 9:30 - 11 p.m. Meet the composer, mingle with the artists and enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres as we celebrate the world premiere of MOR's newest commission. Reception tickets are $100 and can be purchased abovhttps://www.brownpapertickets.com/user/manageevent/2719400#e. A portion of each ticket represents a tax deductible contribution to MOR.
Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music (View)
50 Oak Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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