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January 27, 2015

Composer Margaret Brouwer celebrates a milestone birthday.

January 26, 2015

Defiant Requiem, which is being performed in Boston on January 27, is a Boston Public Radio Concert Pick.

 
January 26, 2015

Due to severe weather conditions, tomorrow night's performance of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin is postponed. The new date will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the January 27 performance will be honored on the new date. Information on how ticketholders may request a refund will be available as soon as the new date is announced.

January 23, 2015

As composer Margaret Brouwer celebrates a milestone birthday, there are a number of performances of her music this year in Cleveland and New York, as well as the release of a new recording.

January 23, 2015

CBS Radio's Dan Rea interviewed Murry Sidlin about the upcoming Boston performance of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin.

January 22, 2015

Ardea Arts will be partnering with The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC & WQXR to presents a workshop performance of BOUNCE: The Basketball Opera. BOUNCE is unique show that provides a mix of live music, theatre and basketball.

January 22, 2015

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín will be performed on January 27 at Boston Symphony Hall.

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, a profoundly moving multimedia concert-drama, combines the magnificent music of Verdi with video testimonials and narration, to tell the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) who performed the celebrated Verdi Requiem while experiencing the depths of human degradation.

January 22, 2015

"This spiritual and theatrical masterpiece was an act of pure and life-affirming defiance and startling ecumenicism on the part of hundreds of enfeebled Jewish prisoners facing certain extinction."

January 20, 2015

In the concert hall the pianos, played with precision and flair by Orli Shaham and Marc-André Hamelin, began immersed in the gently swaying soft harmonies. The pianos’ musical lines echo each other, displaced only by an eighth or sixteenth note, creating a shimmering texture.

January 19, 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.

January 19, 2015

The seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz falls on January 27, which coincides with International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In commemoration, Sidlin and The Defiant Requiem Foundation will present a program at Boston’s Symphony Hall on January 27 that features Verdi’s “Requiem,” along with supplementary filmed and dramatic components. The event is meant to vividly invoke the spirit of the performances done at the Terezín concentration camp during 1942-1943.

January 19, 2015

San Franciso Examiner's Sean Martinfield interviews Orli Shaham about her performance of John Adams 'Grand Pianola Music' with the San Francisco Symphony.

January 15, 2015

Jeffrey Freymann's The State of the Arts features Orli Shaham and Adam's 'Grand Pianola Music'

January 13, 2015

Classicalite covers Ardea Arts' preview presentation of their space opera The Three Astronauts at LaGuardia ARTS High School on January 15.

January 12, 2015

Classicalite covers the performance of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin at Lincoln Center on March 9, 2015, featuring actos Bebe Neuwirth and John Rubinstein.

January 9, 2015

"Of all the various ways the Jews defied the Nazis during the Holocaust, the singing of Verdi’s Requiem by Terezin prisoners is perhaps one of the most creative and remarkable."

The Jewish Advocate's Alexandra Lapkin writes about Defiant Requiem:Verdi at Terezin and Edgar Krasa.

January 9, 2015

Preview of Victoria Bond's Spring season and feature on Victoria Bond's Opera Clara, inspired by the life of Clara Schumann. It will recieve a full workshop performance in April 2015 at Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival in New York City.

January 8, 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.

December 31, 2014

On December 27th, WWFM's Rachel Katz learned more about Soli Deo Gloria's Psalms Project and the recent interfaith performances of Psalm settings by Victoria Bond and Paul Moravec

December 29, 2014

Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival features world premieres and world class performers

April 6 at SubCulture
April 13, 20, 27 at Symphony Space

Highlights of the 18th season include violinist Frank Almond, American Modern Ensemble, Sirius Quartet and Miho Hazama's m_unit Jazz Ensemble

December 20, 2014

WWFM's Rachel Katz interviews Victoria Bond about her Hanukah children's opera "Miracle!"

December 18, 2014

In the fall of 2000, Edgar Krasa's phone rang. "Does the name Rafael Schächter mean anything to you?" asked the voice on the other end. "Enough so that I named one of my two sons after him," Krasa responded.

Thus began a relationship between the two, one a survivor of the Terezín concentration camp outside of Prague, the other a musical scholar and Resident Conductor of the Oregon Symphony. Their collaboration, both personal, and purposeful, will be debuted in Boston on January 27, when Symphony Hall plays host to the city's premiere of conductor Murry Sidlin's Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, and Krasa is honored along with his wife, and fellow Terezín inmate, Hana.

December 4, 2014

"On a late winter’s day, when chilling fog draped the leafless trees and few birds sang, I retraced the steps of one Edgar Krasa, 93, a Bostonian, a concentration camp survivor, a humble man and cook and partaker, or more precisely, a voice, in one of the ennobling moments amid the Holocaust.

Krasa didn’t take up arms in a ghetto insurrection, or fight in the Jewish underground. Instead, he and several hundred fellow prisoners defied the Nazis through music, rising above abysmal conditions, their captors’ brutality, and almost inevitable execution by unlocking the finest in the human spirit."

December 1, 2014

"Brouwer's absorbing, good-sounding flow of large-scale narrative structure, infused with her attractively elusive sense of melody, tends to separate itself as a splendid physical entity on its own from the deep personal conflicts the composer was wrestling with"

November 25, 2014

"The agility with which Houlihan is able to attack his instrument and rock out the rhythms is nothing short of impressive...the overall results testify to a man who clearly knows what he's doing...Organ fans should snap this up! "

November 24, 2014
November 18, 2014

David Patrick Stearns reviews Chelsea Opera's Mollicone double-bill in New York City.

November 16, 2014

"Shaham takes a more delicate approach than some; her playing is marked by delicacy, agility and a sense of fun. "

November 15, 2014

Culture Catch covers the November 16th Czech Philharmonic concert, conducted by Jiri Belohlavek, and the New York events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the "Velvet Revolution".

November 15, 2014

"This double-bill was splendid: it moved from strength to strength. All seven singers, each accomplished artists on their own, displayed at every moment a palpable and dynamic collaboration. The artistic coherence and integrity of members of the Chelsea Opera, both on stage and behind the scenes, together with the energy of the all the musicians’ engagement with their audience, were impressive and exhilarating."

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