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April 17, 2015

Conductor Murry Sidlin brings 'Defiant Requiem' back to Tulsa Saturday April 18.

April 15, 2015

“The Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” is a multimedia concert experience that Murry Sidlin has created to tell the story of Rafael Schaechter and his heroism at Terezin through video, theater and a full performance of the Verdi Requiem.

April 14, 2015

"But it was the cumulative effect of those moments, from the introspective to the rafter-shattering, that resonated most powerfully. And while the definition of “Requiem” is a memorial for the dead, this was a performance that could only be considered life-affirming."

Canterbury Choral Society in Oklahoma City performed “Defiant Requiem,” a concert that was inspired by events that unfolded during World War II at Terezin, a Czech concentration camp.

April 14, 2015

Murry Sidlin, creator and conductor of Defiant Requiem, is interviewed live on KTUL's Good Day Tulsa about the upcoming performance presented by Signature Symphony TCC on April 18.

April 14, 2015

"As for the concert itself, one might use the more prosaic but more appropriate word, “Original.” All seven works were singular, some worked better than others, but each piece was a tribute to the composer, and obviously a joy to the players."

April 13, 2015

"The American Modern Ensemble, under the baton of Robert Paterson, opened the 18th season of Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival on April 6, and the nature of the pieces, combined with the lounge-like ambience of the basement Village venue SubCulture, gave the evening the feel of an intimate meeting at a composers’ club."

April 10, 2015

Frank Almond appears with Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival to première (with the Sirius Quartet and the actor Gerard Doyle) a chamber concerto by Victoria Bond written in honor of Thomas Jefferson—on the day of the founding father’s two-hundred-and-seventy-second birthday.

April 9, 2015

Performing 16 times over the course of its tenure in the Theresienstadt fortress camp in Terezín, Czechoslovakia, a chorus of 150 Jewish prisoners defied their captors with renditions of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem. The concert/drama Defiant Requiem tells this story on April 12th at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City.

 
April 9, 2015

Music by Bay Area composers Giancarlo Aquilanti and
Kamyar Mohajer to be performed
by Ives Quartet

May 9 recital at Campbell Hall on Stanford University campus is free and open to the public

April 9, 2015

They call organist Christopher Houlihan the “Fred Astaire of the pipe organ” and it’s not just because he’s 27 and handsome. He’s a virtuoso on an instrument often associated with performers at least twice his age. And he plays it with the technical prowess of a rock star — pristine, yet exuberant. He sits at the enormous keyboard, and coaxes rich, room-filling sound.

April 9, 2015

Real-life couple Meredith Mecum and Benjamin Bloomfield perform as the husband and wife Robert and Clara Schumann in Victoria Bond's opera Clara (which is being performed at Symphony Space on April 27). We asked them to share their experience with us.

April 9, 2015

The concert combines the magnificent music of Verdi with testimony from survivors of the original chorus of prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II.

April 7, 2015

Composer Kamyar Mohajer was born and raised in Iran, spent his formative years in Canada, and has resided in northern California since 2007.

Learn more about Kam’s background and inspiration in this interview, and at www.KamyarMohajer.com.

April 6, 2015

Wall Street Journal preview of Cutting Edge Concerts 2015

April 6, 2015

Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival presents a staged workshop performance of Clara, an opera with music by Victoria Bond and libretto by Barbara Zinn Krieger, inspired by the life of Clara Schumann

Singers Meredith Mecum and Benjamin Bloomfield star as Clara and Robert Schumann, together with a cast of brilliant voices.

The Gramercy Trio plays and legendary Metropolitan Opera star Martina Arroyo serves as artistic advisor.

April 6, 2015

With his fingers dancing across three keyboards as his feet shuffle the pedals, fans have called Christopher Houlihan the Fred Astaire of the pipe organ.

The acclaimed organist will bring his keyboard fireworks to St. John’s United Methodist Church in Albuquerque next Sunday.

April 5, 2015

Oklahoma City’s Canterbury Choral Society will bring its 2014-15 season to a close with the “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin.” The performance tells the story of courageous Jewish prisoners in a concentration camp during World War II.

April 2, 2015

Cutting Edge Concerts is a New Yorker pick

April 2, 2015

Tuscon Happenings covers Christopher Houlihan's upcoming concert at Catalina United Methodist Church in Tucson, Arizona.

April 1, 2015

It could be said that there are two types of people in the world – those who are able to use tragedy as creative inspiration and those who let it eat at the essence of their souls. The residents of Terezin (Theresienstadt), a concentration camp in northwest Prague, were the former.

March 31, 2015

Organist Christopher Houlihan will be in concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2626 Arizona NE. Admission is free and open to the public. Free-will donations are accepted.

March 31, 2015
Brahms Inspired
A new CD from pianist Orli Shaham
Release Date: June 9, 2015 on Canary Classics
March 31, 2015

Unlike many composers who form groups for the sole purpose of bringing their own compositions and arrangements to the public, Margaret Brouwer has been guided from the beginning by the mission to present her music alongside that of other living composers, as well as those from the past. On Sunday afternoon, March 15 at Fairmount Presbyterian Church, Brouwer realized her mission in a beautifully programmed concert featuring three of her own works, one arrangement, and pieces by two giants of the classical music canon. The concert was splendid from start to finish...An impressive performance that the audience acknowledged with a warm ovation.

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."

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