Verdi at Terezín

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, a profoundly moving multimedia concert-drama, comes Asheville's Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Saturday, June 1, for a concert at 7:30 p.m.

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezínncombines the magnificent music of Verdi with video and narration, to tell the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) who performed the celebrated Verdi Requiem while experiencing the depths of human degradation.

With only a smuggled score, they performed the famous oratorio sixteen times, including one performance before senior SS officials from Berlin and an International Red Cross delegation. Conductor Rafael Schächter told the choir, “We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them.”

Created and conducted by Maestro Murry Sidlin, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín features a full performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem Mass, video testimony from survivors of the original chorus, segments of the Nazi propaganda film made at Terezín in 1944, and actors to relay the impassioned story of how and why these Jewish prisoners, who faced death every day, chose to learn and perform a Latin, Catholic mass during their darkest hours.

Tickets cost $25-$74.50 and are available online at https://www.uscellularcenterasheville.com/event/defiant-requiem-verdi-at-terezin/.

Presented by The Defiant Requiem Foundation. Proceeds to benefit Carolina Jews for Justice.

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