May 20, 2018 - 12:00 pm

"While MOR's mission is to remember the Holocaust through music, its focus is also empathically on the present-day relevance of humanity's darkest chapters." -Thomas May, The Seattle Times

MOR's 20th season spring concert featured a world premiere by composer Christophe Chagnard, inspired by Japanese and Japanese American experiences during WWII. The program also featured a selection of Holocaust-era chamber music that speaks to the resiliency and courage of those artists who dared to create in the darkest of times.

August 6th (1995) Shinji Eshima (b. Berkeley, CA, 1956) Natasha Bazhanov, violin Jonathan Green, double bass

About the Concert:

World Premiere

Gaman: to persevere


Pre-concert talk: Sean MacLean of KING FM in conversation with composer Christophe Chagnard and art historian Barbara Johns.

Erwin Schulhoff
Five Pieces for String Quartet (1923)

including the newly-discovered sixth piece, Alla Napoletana
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Natasha Bazhanov, violin
Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Walter Gray, cello

Long Live Life! A medley of songs from Terezín
Erich Parce, baritone
Mina Miller, piano

Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, 
Op 47 no. 3 (1949)
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Jessica Choe, piano

Shinji Eshima
August 6th,(1995)
Natasha Bazhanov, violin; Jonathan Green, double bass

Christophe Chagnard
Gaman: to persevere
World Premiere
Commissioned by Music of Remembrance

Erich Parce, actor & baritone
Ann Moss, soprano
Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Laura DeLuca, clarinet
Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Walter Gray, cello
Jonathan Green, double bass
Ringtaro and Asako Tateishi, Fue Flute and Taiko Drums

MOR is grateful to the generous support of our sponsors and funders