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. www.92Y.org
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.
SINGLE TICKET PRICES
General Public $25.00
Senior Citizen/USC Faculty & Staff $20.00
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
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 (www.sandlappersingers.org), Dr. Lillian Quackenbush, Artistic Director
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:
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.
Viola Constance Gee
For more information, please visit: www.jewishcolumbia.org.
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)
Book signing; Ms Weissberger guest speaker.
Also Friday evening:
Silenced Voices: Music of the Holocaust
University of South Carolina
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
Saturday, April 21, 2012
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!