Yom HaShoah Double Bill Performance

May 5, 2024 Boston Free
Jessica Arielle Bloch-Moisand
Jessica Bloch (Courtesy photo)

In honor of Yom HaShoah, join us for a powerful and inspiring afternoon of music of remembrance. This event conveys the vastness of the Holocaust’s scope through emotionally rich musical portraits of those caught in its grasp.

“Out of Darkness: For a Look or Touch” by Jake Heggie, with libretto by Gene Scheer

“Out of Darkness” is based on the writings and memories of two Holocaust survivors. The second act in this moving song cycle illuminates Nazi persecution of homosexuals during the Holocaust through the experience of Gad Beck and Manfred Lewin, two idealistic young lovers in 1930s Berlin. Joel Clemens, baritone, will be the voice of the work and will be accompanied by Rafe Schaberg on piano.

“We Will Outlive Them… Letters to Rivka from Galicia” with music composed by Quinn Gutman

A song cycle world premiere for this music for piano and soprano! This inspirational cycle is based on letters from the Zeider family living in Galicia (~1925-1948) to their family member who was fortunate to emigrate to America, Rivka Teitel. The title of this work is in honor of the determination of Jewish resilience during the Holocaust: “We will outlive them.”

Jessica Bloch is the great-granddaughter of Rivka and will be performing these pieces with Rafe Schaberg on piano. The translations of the letters from Yiddish to English were done by the late Hannah Baer and have been set to music by composer Quinn Gutman.

Reception with light bites and open bar follows the performance.

Presented by West End Lyric at BackRoom Boston. Produced by Bloch Performing Arts Inc.

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Sunday, May 5, 2024, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Boston Synagogue
55 Martha Rd
Boston, MA 02114
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