The Liberation of Auschwitz
The Apollo Club Commemorates the 70th Anniversary on January 27
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Jan. 27, 2015) — Entering into its 120th consecutive season, The Apollo Club presents a reflective commemoration and celebration of the Liberation of Auschwitz at the Ted Mann Concert Hall on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 – the exact date of the liberation 70 years ago.
In honor of this historic day, the Apollo Male Chorus of Minneapolis-St. Paul will be performing a special concert incorporating Arnold Schoenberg's rarely heard A Survivor from Warsaw, along with the World Premiere of noted composer James Bassi's Five Prayers, commissioned by The Apollo Club. Five Prayers is a five-movement symphonic song cycle for male chorus, written in both Hebrew and English, with solo baritone, orchestra, and dancer. The Schoenberg and Bassi compositions are seamlessly integrated with Aaron Copland's Preamble for a Solemn Occasion and other symphonic pieces specifically composed for war-torn and liberated Europe.
The concert is artistically conceived to begin and end liberatingly with the darkest moment in the center of the program, to symbolically represent the U-shaped Jewish menorah. It begins in the light, moves through the darkness, and re-enters the light. It truly is a concert about Liberation and a return to life. Audience members alike will find themselves touched, moved and inspired by this experience.
In addition to the Apollo Male Chorus, the program features several guests:
David Winkworth – Narrator in A Survivor from Warsaw and Preamble for a Solemn Occasion and Chorus member of St. John The Evangelist Episcopal Church.
Aaron James – Baritone soloist of New York City Opera and The Met, long-time Male Choir Soloist with Congregation Shearith Israel and Milken Archives project.
James Andrews – Classically trained Ballet Dancer from New York City who has performed with the Joffrey Ballet as well as Boston, Tulsa, and Atlanta Ballet companies.
Members from the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Opera Orchestra.
5% of proceeds from this concert will be donated to the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota & The Dakota