Music of Remembrance Presents ‘Art From Ashes’ to Commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Afton Wooten

(Photo credit: Ben Van Houten)

Music of Remembrance will present “Art From Ashes,” on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 22.

Mezzo-soprano Karen Early Evans performs Bruce Rosenblum’s arrangement of “Pre-war melody: Auschwitz Tango,” by 12-year-old Irka Janowski and “Jozef Kropinski: Zál Tango,” which was written in Buchenwald concentration camp. The Northwest Boychoir and Seattle Girls Choir offer Viktor Ullmann’s “Yiddish Songs.” The MOR ensemble made up of members of the Seattle Symphony along with Evans, soprano Megan Parker, baritone Erich Parce, and the two choirs present their commission of Jake Heggie’s “Finale from Farewell, Auschwitz.” Works by Franz Schreker and Ernest Bloch are also featured on the program.

Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture recently noted in an official press release that Music of Remembrance “exemplifies the power of music to help advance human rights and reaches into communities with cultural humility and artistic purpose.”

This free concert is held at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.