Spring Concert: Ceija

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Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 5:00pm

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The Holocaust touched people of countless faces, places and identities. At our spring concert we present MOR’s next large music commission: a daring new work about the experience of Europe's Roma people during the Holocaust. Composer Mary Kouyoumdjian’s work, to open myself, to scream, shares the story of Romani artist Ceija Stojka, who survived three concentration camps to become a noted painter and writer. The performance includes compelling visual imagery created by Syrian-Armenian artist Kevork Mourad.

The program also features music by Osvaldo Golijov, with new choreography from the innovative Olivier Wevers (Whim W’Him Seattle Contemporary Dance), depicting the doomed young love of a Jewish woman and a Roma man. You'll also hear evocative songs by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, featuring beloved mezzo soprano Catherine Cook, recall the Viennese magic that still remained in the early decades of the 20th century.
 
 
Sunday, May 21, 2017  7 p.m.
The Norcliffe Founders Room at Benaroya Hall
Join us following the May 21 concert for a gala evening celebrating our newest music and dance commissions, and our nineteen years dedicated to remembering the Holocaust through music.
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Artwork: Hiding by Ceija Stojka. Courtesty of Pat and Marcus Meier
 
Concert Program:
 
Karl Weigl, Intermezzo for String Quintet (1941)
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Takumi Taguchi, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Mara Finkelstein, cello; Jonathan Green; double bass
 
Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Marietta’s Lied from the opera Die tote Stadt (1920) and Songs on Shakespearean texts
Catherine Cook, mezzo-soprano
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Takumi Taguchi, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Mara Finkelstein, cello; Mina Miller, piano
 
Hans Gal, Variations on a Viennese Melody, op. 9 (1914)
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Walter Gray, cello; Jessica Choe, piano
 
Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, Op. 47 no. 3 (1949)
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Jessica Choe, piano
 
Osvaldo Golijov, Lullaby and Doina (2001)
Commissioned by Music of Remembrance
Whim W’Him Seattle Contemporary Dance
Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Mikhail Shmidt; violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Mara Finkelstein, cello; Jonathan Green; double bass
 
Mary Kouyoumdjian, to open myself, to scream (2017)
Media Design by: Kevork Mourad
World Premiere Commissioned by Music of Remembrance
Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Alexander White, trumpet; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Walter Gray, cello; Jonathan Green, double bass      

Recording session with MOR ensemble, composer Mary Kouyoumdjian and Mina Miller, MOR Artistic Director