Defiant Requiem: Voices of Resistance

Defiant Requiem: Voices of Resistance

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 7:00pm

Re-enactment of Raphel Schacter playing piano in front of the Terezin Choir during a rehearsal.

Credit: Courtesy of © Partisan

Hear a performance of Verdi’s Requiem at Terezin, the former concentration camp. 

In the face of horrific living conditions, starvation and the threat of deportation to Auschwitz, the Jewish inmates of Terezin concentration camp — artists, musicians, poets and writers — fought back … with art and music. Led by conductor Raphael Schachter, they re-imagined a Catholic liturgical work, Verdi’s Requiem, as a condemnation of the Nazis. Ultimately, they performed for Nazi brass, singing what they dared not say. Six decades later, conductor Murry Sidlin and a new choir take Verdi’s Requiem back to Terezin and bring the story of Raphael Schachter’s artistic uprising back to life. Defiant Requiem: Voices of Resistance airs Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7 p.m. on WXXI World (DT21.2/cable 524).