April 28: Defiant Requiem in DeKalb

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín

Sunday, April 28

at Northern Illinois University's Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

Complete live performance of Verdi's Requiem, interspersed with historic film, testimony from survivors and narration tells the moving story of courageous performances by prisoners in a WWII concentration camp

Praised by The New York Times as "Poignant...a monument to the courage of one man to foster hope among prisoners with little other solace," Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín will be performed at Northern Illinois University on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Boutell Memorial Concert Hall (550 Lucinda Ave., DeKalb, IL). Complete details below.

The "extraordinarily beautiful and moving" concert/drama commemorates the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II who performed Verdi's Requiem 16 times, as an act of defiance and resistance to their Nazi captors. Defiant Requiem is a complete live performance of Verdi's Requiem interspersed with historic film, testimony from survivors and narration that tells this tale of audacious bravery.

Led by Maestro Murry Sidlin, president of The Defiant Requiem Foundation and creator of this powerful concert/drama, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín features the Northern Illinois University Philharmonic, Northern Illinois University Concert Choir, Cor Cantiamo, McHenry County College Chorus, and Voices in Harmony. Soloists include Sarah Gartshore (soprano), Susan Platts (mezzo-soprano), Andrzej Stec (tenor), and Sam Hadley (bass).

Ticketing information and more for Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín is available in the calendar listing below.

Murry Sidlin and The Defiant Requiem Foundation also produced an Emmy-nominated documentary film narrated by Bebe Neuwirth that has been praised as a "gripping documentary" (Examiner.com), with "a very powerful message" (CNN). More information is at DefiantRequiem.org.

Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 pm

Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

550 Lucinda Avenue

DeKalb, IL 60115

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and are available at http://www.niu.edu/music/

Presented by the Northern Illinois University School of Music and The Defiant Requiem Foundation with funding from the Gretchen M. Brooks University Residency Project

Murry Sidlin, creator & conductor

Sarah Gartshore, soprano

Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano

Andrzej Stec, tenor

Sam Hadley, bass-baritone

Northern Illinois University Philharmonic

Danko Drusko, director

Northern Illinois University Concert Choir

Eric A. Johnson, director of choral activities

Cor Cantiamo - Eric A. Johnson, founding artistic director

McHenry County College Chorus - Steven Szalaj, director

Voices In Harmony - Steven Szalaj, director