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Operatunity Foundation for the Arts


April 15-21, 2012

April 15-21, please visit the Columbia Convention Center for a moving display of art, programs, and posters from Terezin. 

This exhibition was originally created by 92nd Street Y for “Will to Create, Will to Live: The Culture of Terezin”.  The exhibition was co-curated by Hanna Arie-Gaifman & Charlotta Kotik.

Please also visit the Richland County Public Library for their commemorative display.


Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

1101 Lincoln Street

Columbia, SC 29201


Richland County Public Library

1431 Assembly St.

Columbia, SC 29201



Sunday, April 15, 2012

Opening Event: Defiant Requiem...Verdi at Terezin

Defiant Requiem-Verdi at Terezin tells the story of courageous Jewish prisoners who performed Verdi's Requiem Mass while in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during WWII

Koger Center for the Arts at the University of South Carolina
7:30 PM Curtain
6:30 pm pre-concert lecture by Edgar Krasa, survivor who sang in all 16 performances of the Defiant Requiem under the baton of
Rafi Schächter in Theresienstaft (Terezin).

Opera-tunity Foundation collaborators of the event are the USC
Symphony Orchestra and the USC Choirs, under the direction of
Donald Portnoy and Larry Wyatt respectively and
joined by The York County Choral Society, David Lowry, Conductor.


Murry Sidlin, guest conductor
Tina Stallard, soprano
Janet Hopkins, mezzo-soprano
Walter Cuttino, tenor
Jacob Will, baritone

Lecturer:  Dr. C. Tayloe Harding, Jr.  Dean,  USC School of Music

"Rafi Schächter":  Dr. Peter Barton


With special thanks to choral directors:
Larry Wyatt, USC Concert Choir
Alicia Walker, USC University Singers and
David Lowry, York County Choral Society.

General Public $25.00
Senior Citizen/USC Faculty & Staff $20.00
Student $8.00

USC Carolina Coliseum
701 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC  29201
Mon.--Fri., 9:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.
Phone (803) 251-2222

Defiant Requiem is part of the USC Symphony
subscription series


Monday, April 16, 2012

"Degenerates: Composers Banned by Hitler"
7:30 pm in the Koger Center
Pre-Concert lecture  at 6:45.
USC Wind Ensemble conducted by Scott Weiss with guest
conductors Rebecca Phillips and Ralph Barrett.

Kurt Weill - Kleine Dreigroschenmusik
Ernst Toch - Spiel, Op. 39
Arnold Schoenberg - Theme and Variations, Op. 43a
Paul Hindemith - Symphony in B-flat

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"The Jewish Soul"

4:30pm, USC School of Music Recital Hall (free to the public)

Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, Soprano
Jami Rhodes, Mezzo Soprano

Accompanist, Eric Stellrecht

Including work by Oskar Morawetz,
" From the Diary of Anne Frank"
Oskar Morawetz was a Czechoslovakian-born Jewish composer who
fled Europe during Hitler's invasion and went on to become one of
Canada's most celebrated composers.


Also Tuesday Evening:

"Holocaust Cantata" by Donald McCullough

8PM Rutledge Chapel-

University of South Carolina Horseshoe

900 Sumter St, Columbia, SC, 29201 (free to the public)

Pre-Concert Lecture at 7:30PM, Susan M. Kelly, DMA Student at USC

Susan Kelly conductor

Performed by the Sandlapper Singers (, Dr. Lillian Quackenbush, Artistic Director

Dusan Vukajlovic,cellist 
Karen Areheart, pianist

Sandlapper Singers prepared by Lillian Quackenbush and Susan Kelly


Holocaust Cantata is a collection of seven songs and six readings, all of which were written by prisoners while incarcerated in Nazi concentration camps. With texts beautifully translated into English from the original Polish, McCullough has arranged these songs for two soloists, chorus, piano, and 'cello. Through this piece McCullough hopes that it may "transform statistics into people in the minds of the Cantata's listeners, and perhaps be a part of making it more difficult for such a horror ever to occur again."  

Wednesday, April 18,  2012

"Celebration of Inspiration"

Serena Hill, Soprano

Ginger Jones, Mezzo Soprano

Recital Hall, USC, 4:30pm (free to the public)


Also Wednesday Evening:

Celebrating Film

Featured Screening of the 1959 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Classic Ben Hur at
Richland County Public Library Auditorium, 6:30pm  (free to the public)


Thursday-Sunday, April 19-22, 2012

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Russell House, 6pm

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Yom HaShoah-Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration

The Columbia Community commemorates Yom HaShoah by inviting
the entire community to a solemn service which takes place in
one of our area synagogues.  Many Yom HaShoah programs have
featured a talk by a Holocaust survivor, recitation of appropriate
psalms, songs and readings, or viewing of a Holocaust-themed
materials and/or films. We will have guest speaker Ela Weissberger.  Ms. Weissberger was imprisoned in Terezin as a child, and performed in all 55 performances of "Brundibar", the children's opera performed there.  The Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day Commemoration is sponsored by the Columbia Jewish Federation.


The Remembrance Day will also include the premiere of "Tomorrow Never Came", a cycle of songs by composer Ayala Asherov Kalus based on the book I Never Saw Another Butterfly .  This book is a collection of works of art and poetry by Jewish children who lived in the concentration camp Theresienstadt.  It is named after a poem by Pavel Friedman, a young adult who was incarcerated at Theresienstadt and was later killed at Auschwitz. Most of the children died prior to the camp being liberated.

Voice-Janet Hopkins

Violin-Rebecca Hunter

Viola Constance Gee

Cello-Robert Jesselson


For more information, please visit:

Friday, April 20, 2012                

Celebrating film and still photos: 

Photo display at the JCC

Brundibar, children's opera by Hans Krasa, performed in Terezin

Performance at the JCC, 11am (free performance, but reservations are required due to limited [email protected] or 777-0772)

The production is directed by Ellen Douglas Schlaefer 
Musical direction is by  Rosemarie Suniga.
Ms Weissberger will perform and talk with the children about her experiences as a child in the Concentration Camp.

Book signing; Ms Weissberger guest speaker.



Also Friday evening:


Silenced Voices: Music of the Holocaust

University of South Carolina

Recital Hall

7:30pm (free to the public)

Dr. Susan J. Eischeid, Professor of Oboe
Valdosta State University
Department of Music

Jolene Flory, Soprano

Eric Kessler, Baritone

Silenced Voices is a multi-media presentation which explores the uses and abuses of music and the arts under Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.
Presented by Dr. Susan Eischeid, Music of the Holocaust incorporates a
lecture with audio and visual examples detailing a brief overview of the
Nazi rise to power and specific musical activities and artists in the
ghettoes, concentration and death camps, followed by a live musical
recital of some of the works discussed.  The entire presentation takes
approximately 90 minutes, with an intermission between the speaking and
performing portions. 

Saturday, April 21,  2012

Celebrating Children
Brundibar performances

11am and 1:30pm, Dreher High School Auditorium (free to the public)

Special Performances of Brundibar, a children's opera by Hans Krasa
Awards for student outreach submissions for drawing, essays, and film.  Lecture and book signing by Ms. Weissberger, original 'cat' in all 55 Brundibar performances at Terezin.  Ms Weissberger will also join the children on stage in the final piece of the Opera.


There will also be a series of lectures throughout the week presented by Maestro Sidlin and Ms. Weissberger. 

Other events are also in the works: please check back for updates!


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