Mina's Corner

Dear Friends,

MOR’s 2016-17 concert season is just around the corner, and you won’t want to miss it! You’ll discover works by composers — some well-known, and others less familiar — whose voices couldn’t be silenced. And you’ll experience compelling music that gives fresh life to stories the world needs to hear. There’s a stirring Holocaust oratorio. There’s an exciting multi-media composition about the often-neglected experience of Roma at Nazi hands. There’s an exciting new dance work. It’s not too early to subscribe, and there are special benefits for ordering early.

Our November 6, 2016 concert brings back Vedem, composer Lori Laitman’s deeply moving Holocaust oratorio. Every week for almost two years, a group of teenage prisoners in the Terezín concentration camp expressed their hopes, dreams and fears in a secret magazine they dared to create under the noses of their Nazi captors. You’ll hear their inspiring words set to music, featuring Seattle’s Northwest Boychoir joined by tenor Ross Hauck and soprano Karen Early Evans. With this performance MOR celebrates ten years of collaboration with the magnificent Northwest Boychoir and their talented music director, Joseph Crnko. The Holocaust touched people of countless faces, places and identities.

On May 21, 2017, we present our next large music commission: a daring new work about the experience of Europe’s Roma people during the Holocaust. Rising young composer Mary Kouyoumdjian’s multi-media portrait shares the story of Ceija Stojka, an Austrian-Romani artist whose paintings and writing bear vivid testimony to what she witnessed as a prisoner in Auschwitz, Ravensbruck and Bergen-Belsen. In addition, we’ll unveil new choreography from the innovative Olivier Wevers (Whim W’Him Seattle Contemporary Dance) to Osvaldo Golijov’s Lullaby and Doina, depicting the doomed young love of a Jewish woman and a Gypsy man. And a selection of evocative songs by Erich Korngold, featuring beloved mezzo soprano Catherine Cook, recalls the Viennese magic that still sparkled in the early decades of the 20th century.

These are only a few highlights of the season, and it would mean so much to us for you to be part of it. Together we’ll experience compelling stories and special musical creations that keep MOR’s mission alive: to ensure that the voices of musical witness will be heard.

With gratitude,

Mina Miller, Artistic Director