The May 1 issue of The New York Times ran a review of Professor of Music Murry Sudlin’s concert-drama Defiant Requiem, performed at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. “A performance can support the weight of another cause only if it is strong on its own terms, and this performance was,” the review noted. Defiant Requiem tells the story of Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (also referred to as Terezín) near Prague during World War II who performed Verdi’s “Requiem Mass.”
Doomed, but Still Dedicated to Verdi
From: The New York Times
Date: May 1, 2013
Author: James R. Oestreich
Extreme deprivation, degradation and abuse are not easily evoked in a concert setting, with relatively comfortable musicians performing for well-fed and highly perfumed listeners. But the conductor Murry Sidlin made a remarkable attempt on Monday in his “Defiant Requiem,” a “concert-drama” presented at Avery Fisher Hall by the UJA-Federation of New York, with ticket sales and sponsorships to benefit Holocaust survivors.
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