Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín
April 20, 7:30 pm
- Defiant Requiem: Verdi Requiem at Terezín
- UNC Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Choir, Chamber Singers, Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs, soloists Louise Toppin, Mary Gayle Greene, Timothy Sparks, Marc Callahan, actors Vivienne Benesch and David Whalen, and guest conductor Murry Sidlin
- $10 general admission ($5 students and UNC faculty/staff)
The UNC campus will host the signature concert of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, which tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) during World War II who performed Verdi’s Requiem while experiencing the depths of human degradation. With only a single smuggled score, they performed the celebrated oratorio sixteen times, including one performance before senior SS officials from Berlin and an International Red Cross delegation. Conductor Rafael Schächter told the choir, “We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them.” At its very foundation, “The Defiant Requiem at UNC” is the product of significant interdepartmental collaboration, involving faculty members in the Department of Music, the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. The series of events falling under the umbrella of this project includes the main performance of the Defiant Requiem as well as two additional concerts, academic lectures, classroom teaching, an academic symposium (with planned publication), and a film screening. These events will reach the broader arts and sciences community (including faculty and students from History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, in addition to the departments listed above) as well as the broader public. We anticipate audiences for the film screening and concerts, in particular, to comprise a majority of University-affiliated community members. Taken together, these efforts promise to deliver immense and meaningful benefits to both the broad university community and the Triangle at-large.