Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín

Fri, June 2 | 7:30pm
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$10 students/seniors
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UW Symphony & Combined University Choirs
Murry Sidlin, guest conductor

Jewish prisoners in the Terezín Concentration Camp experienced the worst of human degradation yet performed Verdi’s Requiem 16 times with only a single smuggled score, including one performance before senior SS officers from Berlin and an international Red Cross delegation. Imprisoned conductor Rafael Schächter told the choir, “We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them.” In this concert-drama, guest conductor Murry Sidlin leads the University Symphony and combined UW Chamber Singers and University Chorale in performing Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín. Sidlin, founder and director of the Defiant Requiem Foundation, conceived and created this concert-drama combining the music of Verdi with video testimony from survivors of the original Terezín chorus as well as footage from the 1944 Nazi propaganda film about Theresienstadt. The performance includes actors who speak the words of conductor Rafael Schächter