Verdi in Terezin: A Composer’s Inspiration

Top Pick July 12, 2019 Lenox $15.00 0
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The Nazis allowed a measure of art and education to take place in Terezin, both as a way of occupying the prisoners and to deceive the world as to the nature of concentration camps.

Composer and cantor Gerald Cohen, assistant professor at H. L. Miller Cantorial School, will tell the story of a determined group of prisoners in Terezin and their performance of Verdi’s “Requiem” under the direction of the dynamic conductor Rafael Schachter. Cohen will explore the significance of the Verdi “Requiem” at Terezin and discuss his own composition for string quartet, “Playing For Our Lives,” which was written as a tribute to the Terezin prisoners and which draws upon Verdi as inspiration.

The event will include a musical performance by the Pittsfield High School String Quartet.

Registration accepted in advance; walk-ins welcome.

This is the first of three lectures/performances presented by The Jewish Theological Seminary, in partnership with Knesset Israel and in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires.

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Friday, July 12, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Shakespeare & Company
70 Kemble St
Lenox, MA 01240
$15.00 per person

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