THIS SATURDAY ONLY!
About The Program:
LONG LIVE LIFE: THE MUSIC OF THERESIENSTADT
Sunday September 25 7pm
at The Retro Dome
1694 Saratoga Ave, San Jose
Directed and narrated by Daniel Helfgot, “Long Live Life!” is adapted from the name of an actual cabaret show performed in Theresienstadt, (Long Live Life: Theresienstadt 1941-1945.) The evening features a one hour performance of staged music and narration. All the music was written by prominent composers (Karel Svenk, Viktor Ullman, Gideon Klein, and others) while they were detained at the camp.
The performance will be followed by the official release on CD of “Choose Life”, by composer Mona Lyn Reese, with text by Delores Dufner. This recording, recently completed at Skywalker Ranch, features the same quartet of solo singers as “Long Live Life”, in addition to the San José Chamber Orchestra and numerous choirs, including the award-winning Choral Project. It was composed during Mona Lyn Reese’s 1993-94 Faith Partners Residency sponsored by the American Composers’ Forum and the Otto Bremer Foundation. “Choose Life” has received national acclaim and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1995.
Barbara Day Turner, music director and pianist
Allison Charney, soprano
Layna Chianakas, mezzo-soprano
Stephen Guggenheim, tenor
Kevin Nakatani, bass
San José Chamber Orchestra string quartet:
Liana Berube and Philip Brezina, violins
Emily Onderdonk, viola
Michelle Kwon, cello
Presented by The Retro Dome in collaboration with the San José Chamber Orchestra and the National Jewish Theater Festival
Special student and senior rate $35
Ticket price includes post-performance reception, reserved seating and first-run CD of “Choose Life”
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