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Connections: Defiant Requiem

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 3PM
Boutill Memorial Concert Hall
Northern Illinois University
550 Lucinda Avenue
Dekalb, Illinois 60115

Tickets are $5/$3


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DEFIANT REQUIEM tells the little-known story of the Nazi concentration camp, Terezín. Led by imprisoned conductor Rafael Schächter, the inmates of Terezín fought back…with art and music. Through hunger, disease and slave labor, the Jewish inmates of Terezin hold onto their humanity by staging plays, composing opera and using paper and ink to record the horrors around them.

The program begins with a short video giving the background story through the words of survivors.  Then, VIH will join forces with the NIU Concert Choir and the professional choir, Cor Cantiamo, in a performance of Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901).  Performers include:

Murry Sidlin, creator & guest conductor

Sarah Gartshore, soprano
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano
Andrzej Stec, tenor
Sam Hadley, bass-baritone

Northern Illinois University Philharmonic
Danko Drusko, director
Members of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Northern Illinois University Concert Choir
Eric A. Johnson, director of choral activities

Cor Cantiamo
Eric A. Johnson, founding artistic director

Voices In Harmony
Steven Szalaj, director

You will be inspired by this powerful story, and the magnificent, dramatic music that is Verdi’s Requiem.


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