As part of its IOC Stars Concert Series, Independent Opera Company is presenting a very special program – The Seed of Dream by poet Abraham Sutzkever and composer Lori Laitman. The Seed of Dream is dedicated to and inspired by the memory of the Holocaust.
As part of its IOC Stars Concert Series, Independent Opera Company is presenting a very special program – The Seed of Dream by poet Abraham Sutzkever and composer Lori Laitman. The Seed of Dream is dedicated to and inspired by the memory of the Holocaust. Ironically, without the enormous tragedy of the Holocaust, this beautiful work wouldn't exist.
Commissioned by Music of Remembrance and scored for baritone voice, cello and piano, The Seed of Dream sets several poems of Vilna Ghetto survivor Abraham Sutzkever (1913 - 2010) to new, English language translations by Pulitzer Prize winning poet C.K. Williams and Leonard Wolf.
The cycle begins in 1941 during the time of Sutzkever's imprisonment in the Vilna Ghetto and follows Sutkever's emotional and spiritual journey from the tragic murders of his mother and infant son to his ultimate escape into the nearby forests of Narocz in 1944.
"Sutzkever consistently produced poems of great artistry under the most dire of circumstances," writes Laitman. "These first-person accounts, written between 1941 and 1944, not only bear witness to the destruction around him, but to his undying belief in the beauty of the word and the world."
The Seed of Dream had its premiere performance on May 9, 2005 at MOR’s Holocaust Remembrance concert at Benaroya Hall, in Seattle, WA.
The work consists of five parts. It starts with the heavy and tragic "I Lie in This Coffin", then goes into frantic dance of "A Load Of Shoes". The third number, the tender and bittersweet "To My Child", is perhaps the deepest and most complex part of the work. The next movement is the mysterious "Beneath the Whiteness of Your Stars", which combines another song composed in the Vilna Ghetto by Abraham Brudno with a Yiddish folk tune. The closing number "No Sad Songs Please" brings the whole work to its cathartic ending.
Composer's bio.Described by Fanfare Magazine as “one of the most talented and intriguing of living composers,” Lori Laitman has composed multiple operas and choral works, and hundreds of songs, setting texts by classical and contemporary poets, including those who perished in the Holocaust. Her music has generated substantial critical acclaim. The Journal of Singing wrote, “It is difficult to think of anyone before the public today who equals her exceptional gifts for embracing a poetic text and giving it new and deeper life through music.” For more information, please visit artsongs.com and IOC Blog at https://www.independentoperacompany.org/single-post/meet-the-seed-of-dream-composer-lori-laitman
The work will be premiered on Holocaust Remembrance Day, which in 2021 falls on April 8th. There will be livestreams at 2 PM. It then will be available On Demand until April 22. The artists are Aaron Ball, baritone, Thomas Lovasz, cello and Galina Barskaya, piano.
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Performance Dates: 4/8/2021 - 4/22/2021
Livestream starts at 2:00 pm on Thursday April 8th and then goes on demand until April 22nd
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