Founded by President and Artistic Director Mina Miller in 1998, Music of Remembrance (MOR) is a Seattle-based chamber music organization.
Since our inaugural 1998-99 season, MOR has presented two mainstage concert programs annually at Seattle's Benaroya Hall, marking the anniversary of Kristallnacht (The Night of Broken Glass) each fall, and Holocaust Remembrance Day each spring. Introduced by Mina Miller, these mainstage programs combine serious vocal and chamber music with works in popular cabaret and traditional folk styles. Music from the Holocaust era is balanced with contemporary, Holocaust-inspired compositions, all performed by some of Seattle's leading chamber musicians.
As of the 2012-13 season, MOR has presented fourteen commissioned premieres of Holocaust-inspired music works, and two dance commissions; given 23 world premieres; and produced six CDs and two documentaries (UNSILENCED and The Boys of Terezín). Opera News called our recording of Hans Krása's children's opera Brundibár one of the top ten opera recordings of 2007.
In December 2008, MOR toured to Los Angeles, presenting the California premiere of our commission For a Look or a Touch by composer Jake Heggie.
Sparks of Glory, MOR's musical witness outreach series, launched in 2005-06 with a residency at the Frye Art Museum, and has been presented free to the public each season since. The series attracts an audience new to chamber music and this musical legacy. Thanks to our commitment to rediscovering forgotten works by Holocaust-era musicians and to performing contemporary pieces and commissions, Sparks of Glory has been funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America. These 90-minute concerts-with-commentary form the heart of an associated educational outreach program, which reaches hundreds high school and college students annually, from the greater Seattle area to central Washington.