World Premiere of Music Based on “I Never Saw Another Butterfly”

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Dana Sandler (Photo: Isabel Roeder)
Dana Sandler (Photo: Isabel Roeder)

Newton resident Dana Sandler will present the world premiere of music based on “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Sandler put a selection of poems from the well-known book to chamber jazz music. The poems were written by children at the Terezin Concentration Camp in the Czech Republic from 1942-1944.

“During my time at New England Conservatory, I developed a strong interest in setting poetry to music,” says Sandler. “I recalled a book that my mother brought back for me after visiting Terezin Concentration Camp: ‘I Never Saw Another Butterfly,’ a collection of children’s artwork and poetry from Terezin. I was immediately drawn to these children’s poems and felt compelled to set these poems to music, thereby giving the children another medium for their voices to be heard and remembered. Now, almost 15 years later, at a recent crossroads, one of the first things I did was pick up this book and I knew…I knew that it was meant to be for this moment, at a time where I would be composing this music through the lens of motherhood, at a time when Holocaust survivors able to share their stories are dwindling in number and at a time when, sadly, parallels today are all too present.”

The composition itself is a song-cycle comprising nine musical settings and highlighting three poets, Pavel Friedmann (1921-44), Franta Bass (1930-44), Alena Synkova-Munkova (1926-2008) and two additional unknown poets who were all young prisoners in Terezín Concentration Camp.

Sandler’s album, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” will be released on Yom HaShoah in April 2020. Copies of the album will be available at the Temple Shalom concert. The official trailer can be viewed at

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Sunday, January 26, 2020, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Temple Shalom
175 Temple St
Newton, MA 02465
$10.00 person

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