Music of Remembrance

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Music of Remembrance



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31st March 2008




60 minutes


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Music of Remembrance

World Première Recordings


For a Look or a Touch (2007)

Libretto by Gene Scheer


The Seed of Dream (2004)

Schwarz, G:

In Memoriam

Morgan Smith (baritone), Julian Patrick (actor), Julian Schwarz (cello), Erich Parce (baritone) & Mina Miller (Artistic Director and piano)

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Based on the true story of two teenage lovers the Holocaust tore apart forever, the dramatic song cycle For a Look or a Touch casts long-awaited light on the fate of gay Germans in the Holocaust. By noted young American opera composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer, the work juxtaposes the exuberant freedom of pre-World War II Berlin with the brutal Nazi horrors that followed, while making an eloquent, poignant plea for remembrance. Seattle Symphony’s Gerard Schwarz penned In Memoriam, a beautifully meditative, elegiac piece for cello and string quartet, in honor of cellist David Tonkonogui (1958–2003). From acclaimed American art song composer Lori Laitman comes The Seed of Dream, a powerful song cycle based on five poems written by Abraham Sutzkever during his imprisonment in the Vilna Ghetto.

The lyrical intensity of these poems bears witness to the transcendent power of art in resistance to the forces of cruelty.

Jake Heggie: For a Look or a Touch

Prelude: Do You Remember?

The Voice

Golden Years

The Story of Joe


Der Singende Wald (The Singing Forest)


Gerard Schwarz: In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Lori Laitman: The Seed of Dream

No. 1. I Lie in This Coffin

No. 2. A Load of Shoes

No. 3. To My Child

No. 4. Beneath the Whiteness of Your Stars

No. 5. No Sad Songs Please

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