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                                                Friday, Aug. 29, 2003


Music School Dean’s Requiem Airs on PBS


Rafael Schaechter couldn’t fight the Nazis with guns or knives, so he used Verdi’s “Requiem,” filled with themes of human liberation, as his weapon.


Schaechter’s story is recounted in the PBS special Defiant Requiem, a recreated concert performance led by Murry Sidlin, dean of CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, is airing on WETA, Channel 26. The concert tells how Schaechter recruited 150 singers and conducted 16 performances of “Requiem” at the Terezin concentration camp between 1943 and 1944. The PBS program features the April 2002 premiere performance of the concert that Sidlin, then resident conductor of the Oregon Symphony, conducted. The performance includes dramatic re-enactments, archival footage and interviews with camp survivors.


Sidlin, who researched his subject for three years before conceiving and writing the recreated performance, will conduct Defiant Requiem’s Washington, D.C., premiere at CUA’s Annual President’s Concert on Saturday, April 17, and Sunday, April 18, 2004.


The upcoming WETA-TV program dates are:


The program first aired on WETA on Aug. 27.


For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600 or visit http://www.weta.org/tv. Those interested can also visit the Oregon Symphony’s Web site at www.orsymphony.org and www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50934-2003Aug26.html. 



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