Monday, March 31, 2014

Special Concert

This is an off-topic subject, but such a special event, I thought some of you would appreciate knowing about it.

The Community Chorus of Detroit will be presenting a grand concert:  Giuseppi Verdi's Requiem.  This is a tour de force in and of itself.  It will be sung with three choirs, 4 top notch soloists, and a large orchestra.  It will be performed only once:  at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Woodward Avenue, in Detroit, on Sunday, 18 May at 4:30 PM.

 What many do not know is that this Requiem was taught from a single score to dozens of Jews who were rounded up and taken to a camp called Terezin in what I believe was Czechoslovakia at the time.  It was not in Germany. The conductor was Jewish and he used this music to keep the hopes alive for the captives. The Nazis used it as a way of showing the Red Cross how humanely they treated the Jews. The Requiem was sung over a dozen times at the internment camp.  Many of the singers did not make it. Some survived, and some of those who did will be in attendance at this presentation.  [There may be other holocaust survivors present as well].

This concert is attracting lots of interest and we suspect it will be a sell-put performance.   Tickets are $35.00 each.

Tickets available at after mid-April


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