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Concert Choir and Catamount Singers Holocaust Remembrance Concert

The University of Vermont Concert Choir and Catamount Singers, with soloists and chamber ensemble, will perform a concert on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in the UVM Recital Hall on Redstone Campus.  The concert commemorates Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), which this year is Monday, April 28.

The program features excerpts from G.F. Handel’s oratorio “Israel in Egypt,” as well as movements from Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms.”   The heart of the program presents a cantata, "Songs of Remembrance," written by UVM music professor David Neiweem.  The work is a musical reflection on the exhortation to remember the events of the Holocaust, including its causes.  Written as a reaction to the life and work of the late Prof. Raul Hilberg, it is a multi-movement setting of original texts by Neiweem as well as a setting of excerpts from George Eliot's moving poem "O, May I Join the Choir Invisible."

The 70 student singers of the University Concert Choir divide into three choirs for the dramatic cantata.  The work is scored for clarinet, trombones, harp, and organ.  It received its first performance in Austria as part of the 2008 Pitten International Music Festival. It received a subsequent performance in 2011 by the Burlington Choral Society, under Neiweem's direction.

The concert is free and open to the public. Call 802 656-7769 for further information.    Yom HaShoah Day events can be viewed at http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmchs/

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