Sparks of Glory: Different Trains

Sparks of Glory: Different Trains

Jan 26, 2013 - 12:00 pm

SAM’s exhibitions explore the many ways in which artists have responded, in their work, to world-changing events. Our concert includes the music of two important contemporary American composers addressing this challenge. Steve Reich’s acclaimed Different Trains was inspired by childhood memories of his transcontinental train trips between his separated parents during World War II, and the tragic irony of the different rail journeys made by European children of the same age. Lori Laitman’s The Seed of Dream is a song cycle based on poems that Abraham Sutzkever wrote in the Vilna Ghetto before he escaped and became a resistance fighter.

Steve Reich's Different Trains

Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Elisa Barston, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Walter Gray, cello

Lori Laitman's The Seed of Dream

Erich Parce, baritone; Walter Gray, cello; Mina Miller, piano