Music of Remembrance Announces 2021-22 Season

By David Salazar

Seattle-based Music of Remembrance has announced its 2021-22 season.

The season’s main theme will be “Power of Perseverance,” in honor of the challenging times we live in.

“The pandemic forces us to summon our deepest resources so that we can continue a journey of courage and commitment,” said Artistic Director Mina Miller in a press release. “Our season’s theme is also a journey of questions to answer and others waiting to be asked.”

For the purposes of this article, our focus will be on vocal and operatic works.

Everything kicks off with a “Special Welcome Back Concert” featuring music by composers who created work in the face of persecution. Audiences will hear songs by Lori Laitman and Tom Cipulo a well as Cabaret songs from Terezín and Polina Nazaykinskaya’s “Haim.”

Performance Date: Nov. 7, 2021

Audiences will also get to see “Stormy Seas” by Iranian American composer Sahba Aminikia. The performance will also feature Sid Robinovitch’s “Rodas Recordada” as well as songs on Ladino Poems and music by three Dutch composers affected by the Holocaust.

Performance Date: March 13, 2022

The season will conclude with “Tres Minutos,” a one-act opera by Nicolas Benavides and Marella Martin Koch. The work will star soprano Vanessa Isiguen and baritone José Rubio.

Performance Date: May 15 & 22, 2022

Virtual Program

The company will also present three virtual programs including “Ghetto Songs,” which feature Erich Parce’s presentation of Paul Schoenfield’s song cycle.

Streaming Dates: December 2021

Next up will be “art From Ashes,” which honors International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Streaming Date: Jan 27, 2022

The streaming series comes to a close with “Injustice,” which spotlights songs by Black composer Margaret Bonds as well as music by Kurt Weill and Luis Tinoco’s “Aleppo.” The concert will star mezzo-sopranos Sarah Larsen and Cheryse McLeod Lewis.

Streaming Date: February 2022