DEFIANT REQUIEM: Verdi at Terezin
Murry Sidlin, creator & conductor
This performance is dedicated to the memory of Fran Eisenstat.
The concert drama, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin, tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezin) during World War II who performed the famous Verdi Requiem while experiencing the depths of human degradation. Conductor Rafael Schächter told the choir, "We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them."
This multimedia performance combines Verdi's magnificent music with testimony from survivors of the original chorus, footage from a Nazi propaganda film about the camp, and actors speaking the words of the imprisoned conductor Rafael Schächter and others.
Tickets are available for online purchase through the Strathmore website or by phone at 301-581-5100. We strongly suggest that you order your tickets as soon as possible, because both prior performances of this work by The City Choir of Washington were completely sold out far in advance of the concert date.
To learn more about this performance, please visit the Defiant Requiem Foundation website.