Testimonies for Tomorrow: MOR Commissions
In our sixteenth season, Music of Remembrance continues to enjoy an international reputation for commissioning and programming contemporary American music based on Holocaust themes. MOR's commissioning program creates testimonies for tomorrow from some of today's leading composers and builds a living bridge between Holocaust musicians and a new generation of artists and audiences.
To date, MOR has commissioned and premiered thirteen works from American composers Jake Heggie, Lori Laitman, Thomas Pasatieri, Paul Schoenfield, Gerard Schwarz, and David Stock, plus two works by Israeli composers Aharon Harlap and Betty Olivero. MOR has also commissioned and premiered two dances from American choreographer Donald Byrd. MOR most recently commissioned and premiered the dance Destination Unknown from American choreographer Pat Hon. In May 2014, MOR presented the world premiere of a new commission - Lori Laitman's In Sleep The World Is Yours, a song cycle based on the poetry of Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger.