"Prelude to the Defiant Requiem: A Defining Lecture Series"
Wednesday evenings, April 5, 19* & 26 from 7-8:30 PM
Congregation Shaarey Zedek Berman Center for Jewish Education (Southfield, MI)
April 5: Jews of Czechoslovakia Pre-World War II with Professor Howard Lupovitch
April 19: The Music and the Meaning of The Defiant Requiem with DSO member TBA. *Program provided by the DSO.
April 26: The "Model" Concentration Camp Theresienstadt with Professor Amy Simon
Enrolled students will receive a complimentary ticket to the May 4 Shaarey Zedek Defiant Requiem performance.
Registration required. Visit jewishdetroit.org for more information and enrollment details..
Presented by Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
Art Exhibit: "The Butterfly"
Wednesday, April 5 through Friday, May 5
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Artwork by children from Congregation Shaarey Zedek, inspired by the Defiant Requiem and "The Butterfly," a 1942 poem by a child imprisoned in Terezín and later killed in Auschwitz.
The exhibit is free and open to the public any time Congregation Shaarey Zedek is open.
Defiant Requiem Chamber Recital: The Music of Terezín
Monday, April 24 at 7 PM
Cranbrook Art Museum
39221 Woodward Ave.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Jing Zhang, violin
Laurie Goldman, violin
Hang Su, viola
Peter McCaffrey, cello
KLEIN Trio for violin, viola, and cello
ULLMAN 3rd string quartet
KRASA "Tanec" trio
HAAS String Quartet No. 2, Op. 7 "From the Monkey Mountains"
Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to Cranbrook Art Museum with overflow parking in the parking deck at Cranbrook Institute of Science. Visit the event page to reserve tickets!
Defiant Requiem Documentary Screening
Sunday, April 30 at 7:45 PM
Berman Center for the Performing Arts (West Bloomfield, MI)
Please call the Berman Center at (248) 661-1900 for more information.
Discussion with Maestro Murray Sidlin
Monday, May 1 at 7 PM
Congregation Shaarey Zedek Berman Center for Jewish Education (Southfield, MI)
This event is free and open to the public.
About the "Defiant Requiem"
The DSO will present a concert program featuring Verdi’s Requiem with a powerful historical and humanitarian element: Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín is a multimedia experience featuring a complete live performance of the Requiem that remembers and honors the prisoners of Terezín, a Nazi ghetto and concentration camp in German-occupied Czechoslovakia.
In 1944, the prisoners performed the Requiem for Nazi officers and members of the International Red Cross. Verdi’s work, originally a Catholic Mass for the dead, took on new meaning when directed at the Nazi oppressors: "nothing shall remain unavenged," the prisoners sang. "…from the ashes, the guilty man to be judged…"
The concerts will be conducted by Murry Sidlin, the creator, president, and artistic director of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, which presents concerts and other events, offers programs for Holocaust education, hosts survivor stories on its website, and produced a 2012 documentary film about Terezín.
"Let the Verdi Requiem sing as something other, more deeply, more profoundly than the great composition that it is," said Sidlin in a recent Chicago Tribune interview. "It’s the great composition that served to inject blood and spirit and breath into people who were being deprived of life’s values and living."
Sidlin will lead the DSO, the Detroit Community Chorus, and soloists Jennifer Check (soprano), Ann McMahon Quintero (mezzo soprano), Issachah Savage (tenor), and Nathan Stark (bass) in performances of the complete score, interspersed with historic film footage and recitations by actors.
In addition to the concert performances, several related Defiant Requiem events are scheduled throughout Metro Detroit, including a lecture series, a discussion with conductor Murry Sidlin, a screening of the Defiant Requiem documentary, and an art exhibit.
The Defiant Requiem performances and events are made possible with the support of Joanne Danto and Arnold Weingarden, Jane and Larry Sherman, the Marvin and Betty Danto Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Blumenstein, the Marjorie and Maxwell Jospey Foundation, Ralph and Erica Gerson, Dorothy Gerson, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Wm. Fisher, Mr. Richard A. Sonenklar and Mr. Gregory Haynes, and Mr. and Mrs. Ethan Davidson. The DSO also extends heartfelt thanks to the Defiant Requiem Honorary Committee, chaired by Joanne Danto. See below for a complete list of Committee members.
About Murry Sidlin
Murry Sidlin, a conductor with a unique gift for engaging audiences, continues a diverse and distinctive musical career. He is the president and creative director of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, an organization that sponsors live concert performances of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín and Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer, as well as other projects including the documentary film Defiant Requiem. Additionally, he lectures extensively on the arts and humanities as practiced by the prisoners in the Theresienstadt (Terezín) Concentration Camp.
Sidlin began his career as assistant conductor of the Baltimore Symphony under Sergiu Comissiona, after which he was appointed resident conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra by Antal Doráti. He has served as music director of the New Haven and Long Beach symphonies, the Tulsa Philharmonic, and the Connecticut Ballet. For eight years he was resident conductor of the Oregon Symphony and, from 2002 to 2010, he served as Dean of the School of Music at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
While with the Oregon Symphony, Sidlin created the Nerve Endings series, which featured innovative concerts designed to attract and engage new audiences and expand the traditional role of the symphony orchestra. Among the most popular of the more than 25 Nerve Endings programs were Sigmund Freud and the Dreams of Gustav Mahler, Russian David/Soviet Goliath (Shostakovich vs. Stalin), and Aaron Copland’s America. In April 2002, Sidlin presented the first performances of the Defiant Requiem, and since the premiere he has led more than 30 performances, including three in the Czech town of Terezín, the site of the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp.
Sidlin studied with the legendary pedagogues Leon Barzin and Sergiu Celibidache. He was appointed by Presidents Ford and Carter to serve on the White House Commission of Presidential Scholars. He won national acclaim for the television series Music Is…, a ten-part series about music for children that ran on PBS for five years. In May 2011, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. In September 2011, the Archbishop of Prague presented him with the medal of St. Agnes of Bohemia for his dedication to illuminating the legacy of Terezín.
About the Defiant Requiem Foundation
The Defiant Requiem Foundation was founded in 2008 by Maestro Murry Sidlin, distinguished conductor, educator, and artistic innovator. It is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC.
The Defiant Requiem Foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory of the prisoners in Terezín during World War II, who, despite monumental suffering, disease, and the constant presence of death, found hope and inspiration in the arts and humanities.
The Foundation will achieve its mission by:
- Presenting live performances of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín and Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer.
- Distributing the award-winning documentary film Defiant Requiem to the broadest possible audience.
- Perpetuating The Rafael Schächter Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Terezín in both the Czech Republic and the United States.
- Nurturing opportunities for Holocaust education centered on Terezín, including the Defiant Requiem film curriculum guide and the University Residency Project.
- Creating new initiatives and artistic programs to honor the creativity and courage of the Terezín prisoners and expand overall awareness of Terezín.
For more information, visit defiantrequiem.org.
The Defiant Requiem Honorary Committee
Joanne Danto, Chair, and Arnold Weingarden.
Ms. Pamela Applebaum, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Blumenstein, The Honorable and Mrs. Avern Cohn, Mr. and Mrs. James H. Danto, Mr. Mark A. Davidoff and Ms. Marjorie E. Dunn, Ethan and Gretchen Davidson, Eugene and Elaine Driker, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Wm. Fisher, Mrs. Barbara Frankel and Mr. Ronald Michalak, Mrs. Byron Gerson, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph J. Gerson, Mr. and Mrs. James Grosfeld, Mr. and Mrs. David Karp, Ms. Florine Mark, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Nachman, Graham and Sally Orley, Gregg and Harriet Orley, Leonard Slatkin, Mr. and Mrs. Saul Saulson, Mr. Marc A. Schwartz, Jane and Larry Sherman, Mr. Richard A. Sonenklar and Mr. Gregory Haynes, Mr. and Mrs. S. Evan Weiner, and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur A. Weiss.