ARLINGTON - The University
of Texas at Arlington Department of Music will present the Holocaust Cantata on
March 29 and April 15, featuring music composed from the writings of Polish
prisoners during the Holocaust.
performances will feature UT Arlington’s A Cappella Choir and University
Singers, along with Elizabeth Morrow on the cello, David Grogan singing
baritone and Young Llerena on the piano. Both performances will be under the
direction of Karen Kenaston-French, director of choral activities.
“As I have studied
and rehearsed the Holocaust Cantata with the choir, I have begun to realize
what a profound effect our performance can have on the student performers and
the audience,” Kenaston-French said. “It is an extremely difficult subject, and
the composer has done a wonderful job of setting these powerful, personal texts
and tunes to music so that we hear the human beings behind them.”
The March 29
performance is set for 7:30 p.m. at Irons Recital Hall, 700 Greek Row Drive.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets can be purchased
through the Department of Music website.
The April 15
performance is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1212
Thannisch Drive in Arlington. The free performance is sponsored by the Jewish
Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, and will be preceded by a
Holocaust memorial observance, including Holocaust survivors.
performances will last about 45 minutes and feature readings from journals and
interview transcripts from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington,
D.C. It was from such writings that Donald McCullough composed the piece in
Kitzman, program director at the Jewish Federation said, “He was moved by the
beauty that the prisoners were able to create for themselves in those horrible
places and set it to music. It is beautiful.”
Cantata has been performed around the world since its premiere at the Kennedy
Center in 1998. Visit www.donaldmccullough.com
to learn more about the recordings.
Visit www.uta.edu/music to learn more about the
UT Arlington Department of Music.
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