Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir and Children's Choir from AcademiaMúsica Sta. Cecília, at Gulbenkian Hall
The Song of Terezin
Published for 2 pianos, 2 percussion, mixed & children's chorus
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Radio Prague News Report (in English)
The Song of Terezin Oratorio was introduced to the Czech public at the Prague State Opera on January 27th, 2004 at 2 p.m. The Presidents of the Czech Republic and Austria, Václav Klaus and Thomas Klestil have taken auspices of the Prague performance. The project, which is also supported by the Minister of Culture Pavel Dostál, has been prepared in cooperation with the Jewish Community of Prague, the Federation of Jewish Communities, the Terezín Initiative and the Austrian Cultural Forum. The Oratorio originated from poems written by children living in Terezín ghetto, later set to music by Franz Waxman® in the USA, who himself escaped from the nazi Germany into the States to become one of the most significant film music composers. In Austria the production was studied under the auspices of the Mauthausen Committee and after numerous successful performances, including those in the former Mauthausen concentration camp. It was the authors wish to present the Oratorio in the country that the original poems had been written in. At the turn of November and December 2003, the Parliament approved the bill under which the Day of Holocaust, i.e. January 27th, is included amongst the significant days of the Czech Republic calendar, commemorating the day when the Red Army freed the Auschwitz concentration camp 59 years ago. Originally, the idea of including the anniversary of Auschwitz liberation amongst the significant days of the Czech Republic calendar was proposed by the former concentration camp prisoners in 2000 already at the meeting held at the Prague Castle, which was also attended by the President Václav Havel and by the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs David Levy. In 2002 The Ministry of Education proclaimed January 27th the day of commemoration of holocaust victims and prevention of crimes against humanity.
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