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Mirror of Memory

May 24, 2017
7:30 pm
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall

Seattle-based Music of Remembrance (MOR) presents unique programs that combine Holocaust-era music with new works that draw on history’s lessons to address human rights challenges in our own time. Mirror of Memory features "to open myself, to scream" by the gifted young composer Mary Kouyoumdjian. This new work, an MOR commission, explores the fate of Europe’s Roma during the Holocaust through the story of Ceija Stojka, who survived three concentration camps to become a noted painter and writer. The performance features electronic backing alongside live chamber music, accompanied by riveting visual imagery from Syrian-Armenian artist Kevork Mourad. The program also features songs from the Vilna Ghetto interpreted by mezzo soprano Catherine Cook. During World War II, Vilna’s Jews held out in proud struggle to defend a unique heritage, and within the ghetto’s walls poetry and music took on special importance. Cook will also perform contemporary American composer Lori Laitman’s song cycle "The Seed of Dream", based on poetry by Vilna Ghetto survivor and resistance fighter Abraham Sutzkever. MOR’s instrumental ensemble, drawn from the ranks of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, will also perform Israeli composer Betty Olivero’s klezmer-infused dances from her music for the iconic 1920 silent film "The Golem". For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall

50 Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States
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