Mayor Manheimer supports June 1 Asheville performance of Defiant Requiem

Press release from Classical Music Communications:

The “extraordinarily beautiful and moving” concert/drama commemorates the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II who performed Verdi’s Requiem 16 times, as an act of defiance and resistance to their Nazi captors. Defiant Requiem is a complete live performance of Verdi’s Requiem interspersed with historic film, testimony from survivors and narration that tells this tale of audacious bravery.

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín will be performed in Asheville, NC at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (87 Haywood St.) on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Complete details below.

Mayor Esther Manheimer’s Proclamation:

“The City of Asheville supports and is excited about the Asheville premiere of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin on June 1st at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. This moving and powerful concert-drama has been performed worldwide nearly 50 times, and is a tremendous opportunity for our city to shine as the performance features the Asheville Symphony, a chorus of 100+ community members, and two local actors along with four international vocal soloists all led by Defiant Requiem creator and conductor and president and creative director of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, Maestro Murry Sidlin. The planners of Defiant Requiem Asheville are also organizing a city-wide Social Justice Week community effort this fall, supporting that we, as citizens of the City of Asheville, should work together to promote human dignity and confront hate whenever and wherever it occurs.”

Led by Maestro Murry Sidlin, president of The Defiant Requiem Foundation and creator of this powerful concert/drama, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín features the Asheville Symphony, Voices of Terezín Remembrance (a chorus comprised of singers from the Asheville Symphony Chorus, Asheville Choral Society, and other community members), and soloists Jennifer Check (soprano), Ann McMahon-Quintero (mezzo-soprano), Bruce Sledge (tenor), and Jongmin Park (bass).

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín
Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 pm
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
87 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801

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Presented by The Defiant Requiem Foundation. Proceeds to benefit Carolina Jews for Justice.

Murry Sidlin, creator & conductor

Jennifer Check, soprano
Ann McMahon-Quintero, mezzo-soprano
Bruce Sledge, tenor
Jongmin Park, bass

Callan White & Kelley Hinman, actors

Asheville Symphony
Voices of Terezín Remembrance
Erin Freeman, director
Allison Thorp, assistant director

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