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March 27, 2015

Victoria Bond's Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival celebrates variety with world premieres on April 20 at Symphony Space

Program features a double bill of new classical music performed by pianist Paul Barnes and jazz performed by
Miho Hazama's m_unit ensemble

March 25, 2015

The "powerful and moving" concert/drama Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin makes its Boston premiere at Boston Symphony Hall on April 27.

March 24, 2015

Edgar Krasa, a member of Rafael Schächter's choir at Terezín concentration camp, visited Brandeis March 23.

A live performance of “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín” will have its Boston premiere at Boston Symphony Hall on April 27.

March 20, 2015

Victoria Bond's Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival continues on April 13 at Symphony Space

Violinist Frank Almond and the Sirius Quartet perform the world premiere of Bond's violin concerto

Soul of a Nation celebrates Thomas Jefferson on his birthday, featuring Jefferson's words and music based on a cherished score from his library

March 17, 2015

Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival 2015 opens with American Modern Ensemble

April 6 at SubCulture in New York City

Program features premieres by Victoria Bond, Robert Paterson, Nicolas Scherzinger, Carl Schimmel, and Mark Winges

March 16, 2015

Mark Satola reviews Margaret Brouwer's Blue Streak Ensemble at Fairmount Presbyterian Church.

March 14, 2015

"Seen and heard in this format, “Defiant Requiem” through the lens of Verdi's music is a survivors' tale that cannot be forgotten."

March 11, 2015

The chorale sounded fine throughout, and the orchestra played with commitment....The soloists proved strong: The lustrous-voiced soprano Jennifer Check and the mezzo-soprano Ann McMahon Quintero sang beautifully...

 
March 11, 2015

A blog post from audience member Cindy Gurmann in response to a performance of Defiant Requiem in New York.

March 10, 2015

The powerful concert/drama Defiant Requiem will be performed May 7 at Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego. Defiant Requiem should be a must-see for all, and the March 12 documentary film serves as a good introduction to the live performance in May.

March 10, 2015

Defiant Requiem–a program about the performance of Verdi’s Requiem by inmates at the Terezin concentration camp in the Czech Republic during World War II—was presented at Avery Fisher Hall in New York Monday night and will be offered in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Boston next month.

March 9, 2015

New York Times'

March 9, 2015

Review of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin at Avery Fisher Hall on March 9, 2015.

March 8, 2015

Wall Street Journal features Defiant Requiem. ‘Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín’ comes to Lincoln Center Monday, March 9.

March 6, 2015

If the idea that Jewish prisoners in the Terezin concentration camp would rehearse and perform Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem Mass as an act of defiance against their Nazi captors seems incongruous, imagine observing non-Jewish students, at Iona College in New Rochelle, watch a film about an almost unimaginable Holocaust experience.

These students, who sat transfixed, some wiping tears from their eyes, were members of professor Elena Procario-Foley’s course, “Memory and Reconciliation: The Church and the Holocaust.” In addition to the classroom presentation, which also featured an introduction and discussion by conductor Murry Sidlin, who has made it a mission to share this story as widely as possible, these students, with help from UJA-Federation of New York, will also attend the performance of “Defiant Requiem” at Lincoln Center on March 9.

March 4, 2015

Janet Pascal is a member of The Collegiate Chorale, who will be singing in the March 9 performance of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin at Avery Fisher Hall. Below is an excerpt from her post about the events that inspired Murry Sidlin to create Defiant Requiem.

March 3, 2015

A chance encounter at a Minneapolis bookstore led acclaimed conductor Murry Sidlin to recreate the Verdi work performed at Terezin.

Sidlin was riveted and baffled. And energized. “Defiant Requiem,” the program that he would create in response, would take many forms, from an Emmy-nominated documentary film to a series of widely acclaimed concerts with narration. In that latter form, “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” will be performed Monday, March 9.

March 2, 2015

Defiant Requiem in the New Yorker Goings on About Town: This unique concert presentation—combining live music, film, and dramatic narration—is the passion project of the noted American conductor Murry Sidlin; it commemorates the lives of Jewish prisoners at the Terezín concentration camp, who somehow, in the midst of enormous suffering, put on sixteen performances of Verdi’s Requiem, reclaiming their humanity and fostering hope.

February 26, 2015

A week from today, the American Modern Ensemble will bring a brand new program to SubCulture‘s stage. Entitled, “BLUE”, the program will feature an array of the group’s talented players performing works by Margaret Brouwer, George Crumb, Robert Paterson, and Frederic Rzewski, among others.

February 24, 2015

"But the centerpiece of the performance was Victoria Bond’s new work, “Soul of a Nation: A Portrait of Thomas Jefferson,” with text by Myles Lee and which gets its official premiere April 13, Jefferson’s birthday.

Conducted by composer Bond, the work received an enthusiastic reception from the audience in The Box."

February 23, 2015

A smuggled score. Courageous Jewish prisoners. A performance of the Verdi Requiem Mass. In an act of defiance and resistance to their Nazi captors, the performance in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezin) during World War II is captured in a moving multi-media, concert-drama brought to San Diego by the Anti-Defamation League. The concert will be conducted by the program’s creator Murry Sidlin on Thursday, May 7, 7:30 p.m. at Jacobs Music Center/Copley Symphony Hall.

February 23, 2015

"There is something particularly rewarding about exploring music that was written when the composer was already established in his career," says Shaham. "In the case of our three composers for this program, each was, by this point, confident and versed in so many areas, allowing him to explore his musical ideas freely, aided by his own expertise."

February 16, 2015

Stephen Weber is a member of The Collegiate Chorale, who will be singing in the March 9 performance of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin at Avery Fisher Hall. Below is an excerpt from the very moving blog post he has written about his personal connection to the work.

 

February 13, 2015

A heartfelt and personal account by the Cracow Duo, cellist Jan Kalinowski and pianist Marek Szlezer, about the Polish composer Aleksander Tansman.

February 12, 2015

On February 11, Ardea Arts and The Greene Space at WQXR & WNYC teamed up to present a workshop performance of BOUNCE: The Basketball Opera. View the livestreamed video of the event.

February 10, 2015

The "extraordinarily beautiful and moving" work Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin will be performed on March 9, 2015 at Lincoln Center, featuring The Collegiate Chorale, actors Bebe Neuwirth and John Rubinstein, and internationally-renowned soloists.

February 6, 2015

Thomas Jefferson is well known as the third President of the United States. Lesser known is his passion for music and the fact that he was an accomplished violinist. Thomas Jefferson's noble words and Victoria Bond's music come together in "Soul of a Nation - a Thomas Jefferson Portrait for Narrator, Solo Violin, and String Orchestra."

February 5, 2015

Featuring Richard King, principal horn of The Cleveland Orchestra.

February 5, 2015

Margaret Brouwer's music has been praised for its lyricism, musical imagery, and emotional power.

February 5, 2015

Ardea Arts partners with The Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR to present a workshop performance of BOUNCE: The Basketball Opera, February 11, 2015 at 7pm.

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