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KHC/NEH 2014-2015 Colloquium: Testimony across the Disciplines: Cultural and Artistic Responses to Genocide: Inspired Testimony: QCC Students Respond to Genocide through Music and Dance with the MOTÝL Chamber Ensemble

Testimony across the Disciplines: Cultural and Artistic Responses to Genocide

Event Information

Inspired Testimony: QCC Students Respond to Genocide through Music and Dance
Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 7pm
   —   A student-led performance at QPAC, in collaboration with the MOTÝL Chamber Ensemble

Event Description

QCC Music and Dance students will perform in collaboration with the MOTÝL Chamber Ensemble at QPAC. A composition will be written by Professor Bjorn Berkhout for the QCC Chorus and the MOTÝL Ensemble. It will be based on a Jewish prayer and will follow a musical structure similar to the experience one has at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. where the visitor follows a specific person’s life to see if s/he survived the Holocaust. In the composition, various vocal performers will become silent as the piece develops leaving only a few survivors at the end. The MOTÝL Ensemble will provide an additional layer of music, as they provide musical depictions of the increasingly horrific events that culminated in Hitler’s Final Solution.

Professor Steven Dahlke will rehearse the chorus and Professor Emily Berry and Aviva Geismar will choreograph a dance component to the piece, which will be performed by the QCC dance students. Music was used as a form of expression by victims of the Holocaust. MOTÝL’s "Music from Terezin" presentation includes a description of the musical and artistic life at Terezin. In addition, there will be a multimedia presentation composed of photographs of daily life in Terezin as well as original watercolors, drawings and poems from children at the camp. This multimedia approach helps create a connection between the audience and the history behind the music we are presenting. Presenting the music of composers who were imprisoned at the Terezin concentration camp and discussing the history behind the compositions will be the anchor to program.

MOTYL Chamber Ensemble