New West Symphony Orchestra to Perform ‘Duet of Remembrance’ to Commemorate Holocaust

By David Salazar

The New West Symphony Orchestra is set to present “Duet of Remembrance” to commemorate the Holocaust and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of concentration camps.

The showcase will take place across two separate performances with “Dreams” on Feb. 29-March 1, 2020 and “Violins of Hope” set for April 18-19, 2020 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center.

“Dreams” will feature a performance of “Brundibár,” an opera that was written for a children’s opera competition in 1938 and performed by children at the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Los Robles Children’s Choir will perform the work during this concert. That event will also feature a performance of Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“Violins of Hope” will feature music by Leshnoff and Rachmaninoff.

“During the Duet of Remembrance series, we remember the Holocaust and honor the lives lost by performing the same music that provided hope during one of history’s darkest chapters,” said New West Symphony Music Director Michael Christie, who will conduct the concerts, in a press release. “As a Symphony, we look to present musical performances that engage and inspire larger community conversations both about the musical component of the piece and also the stories and history associated with each piece.”