April 16: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa
April 17: Royce Hall at UCLA
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 by the Pacific Symphony on April 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm at Segerstrom Concert Hall (600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA), and on April 17 at 8:00 pm at UCLA's Royce Hall (10745 Dickson Court, Los Angeles, CA). Proceeds from the performance on April 17 will benefit Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. 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.
Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín features the Pacific Symphony, Pacific Chorale (Robert Istad, artistic director), soloists Aga Mikolaj (soprano), Ann McMahon Quintero (mezzo-soprano), Edgaras Montvidas (tenor), and Nathan Stark(bass), actors John Rubinstein and David Prather, and Maestro Murry Sidlin, president of The Defiant Requiem Foundation and creator of this powerful concert/drama.
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.
Tuesday, April 16 at 8:00 pm
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Tickets range from $25 - $196 and are available atwww.pacificsymphony.org
Presented by the Pacific Symphony
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Wednesday, April 17 at 8:00 pm
Royce Hall, UCLA
10745 Dickson Court
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Tickets range from $45 - $98 and are available atTicketmaster.com.
Presented by The Defiant Requiem Foundation and the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Proceeds to benefit Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.
Murry Sidlin, creator & conductor
John Rubinstein & David Prather, actors
Aga Mikolaj, soprano
Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano
Edgaras Montvidas, tenor
Nathan Stark, bass-baritone
Robert Istad, artistic director