Music of Remembrance To Launch ‘Endurance and Hope’-Inspired Concert Season

By Logan Martell

On November 1, 2020, Music of Remembrance will launch its 23rd concert season, which will feature a theme of endurance and hope.

Presented over four streamed concerts, the performances will include live conversations, panels, meet-the-artists events, and special guests from around the world.

“At a time when the pandemic has sent us on a voyage that none of us could have expected,” remarks Artistic Director Miller in a press release, “our season’s theme is also one of journeys: journeys in search of safety and freedom, of identity, of hope in the face of daunting odds, and odysseys to new lives in new lands. Remembering these stories strengthens our resolve to prevent human tragedies from happening again.”

“To Life!” will feature the Northwest premiere of Russian composer Polina Nazaykinskaya’s new work “Haim,” a musical tribute to David Arben, who survived seven concentration camps during the Holocaust.

Broadcast Dates: November 1 – 8, 2020

Stormy Seas,” a new work by Iranian composer Sahba Aminikia, tells the true stories of people who risked perils at sea in search of safety, such as: from Nazi Germany, from communist Cuba, from war-torn Vietnam, from Taliban-infested Afghanistan, and from an orphanage in Ivory Coast. The concert will also feature Canadian Composer Sid Robinovitch’s “Rodas Recordada,” which explores the Sephardic communities of Greece during the time of the Holocaust.

Broadcast Dates: December 8 – 13, 2020

“Art From Ashes” pays tribute specifically to composers across Europe who were murdered during the Nazi occupation, including David Beigelman, Hans Krasa, Dick Kaattenburg, Laszlo Weiner, Erwin Schulhoff, and Paul Hermann.

Broadcast Dates: January 24 – 31, 2021

“Return to Amasia,” American composer Eric Hachikian’s new work, will have its world premiere to conclude the season. The grandson of survivors of the Armenian Genocide this new work is a musical and theatrical account of Hachikian’s journey to Turkey to connect with his roots.

Broadcast Dates: February 28 – March 7, 2021

Currently, MOR hopes to return to live concerts in May of 2021, and plans to present Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s “Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope,” which was originally slated to make its Northwest premiere this year before it was canceled. MOR’s ensemble will feature violinist Mikhail Shmidt, as well as mezzo-soprano Laura Krumm.