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Terezin and the Art of Defiance

Symposium Events: April 14, 2004


Survivors of Holocaust-Era Chorus at Terezin

Join Panel Discussion on Verdi’s ‘Requiem’


WHAT:             “Verdi’s Requiem in Terezin: Then and Now”


WHEN:             7 p.m., Wednesday, April 14


WHERE:           United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

            100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, S.W.

            Washington, D.C.


DETAILS:         After learning that a Jewish prisoner’s choir had performed Verdi’s “Requiem” 16 times at Terezin, a concentration camp near Prague used for propaganda purposes, conductor Murry Sidlin knew he could never listen to this masterpiece the same way again. Sidlin spent years researching the choir and its conductor, Rafael Schächter, and recounts their story in the concert/drama “Defiant Requiem.” At a panel discussion to be held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Sidlin will discuss the concert with Edgar Krasa, Marianka May and Eva Rocek — surviving members of the original choir that performed Verdi’s “Requiem” at Terezin. Martin Goldsmith, program director of classical music at XM Satellite Radio, will join the discussion along with Jan Munk, director of the Terezin Memorial Institute, and Vera Schiff, a Terezin survivor and historian. The event is free and open to the public. To R.s.v.p., which is required for the event, call 202-488-0407.


                        From April 12 to 16, Catholic University presents “Terezin and the Art of Defiance,” a weeklong symposium honoring the creative lives and bravery of composers and musicians interned at the Terezin concentration camp near Prague, Czechoslovakia, during World War II. The symposium precedes CUA’s 2004 President’s Concert — “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” — to be held April 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. The second performance falls on U.S. Holocaust Remembrance Day. The symposium is free and open to the public; reservations are required for events held at embassies. For more information about the symposium or concert, visit www.cua.edu or call 202-319-5416.


MEDIA:             The media is invited to attend the symposium. For more information, contact

Chris Harrison or Katie Lee in the CUA Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.





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