January 27, 2022 | International Holocaust Remembrance Day
7pm at Town Hall Seattle
In-Person & Virtual | Tickets required | Free
Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer highlights music by composers who continued to write new music while imprisoned in the Theresienstadt (Terezín) Concentration Camp during World War II. Aware that their lives were fragile, and that deportations to the east were a constant reality, Hours of Freedom explores their need to create this new music as affirmation of a future. Featuring works that miraculously survived, Hours of Freedom is presented as chapters with titles including “The Eyewitness,” “Fate,” “The Broken Heart,” and “The Messenger.” While some of the compositions reflect personal eyewitness accounts of the agony and suffering in Terezín, others express the assurance of a return to life as it was before the war.
Program is one hour in length, followed by a talk-back with the performers and director.
Presented by The Defiant Requiem Foundation. The Defiant Requiem Foundation strives to promote awareness and understanding of the dangers of antisemitism, Holocaust ignorance and denial, by presenting the singular story, and one with universal application, of Rafael Schächter and prisoners in the Terezín Concentration Camp during the Holocaust who used music and art as an act of defiance to maintain their humanity, dignity, hope, and inspiration. Using original performance art, documentary film, and educational materials geared for middle and high school students, the Foundation offers a unique approach to addressing contemporary issues of bigotry, human rights violations, mass atrocity and genocide crimes.
This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of Arlene Ehrlich.