Lecture on Music Commemorating the Holocaust

Lexington, VA, United States

Washington and Lee University Hillel

4:00 PM

Visiting W&L as part of the Class of 1963 Scholars in Residence Program

“Music as Witness: a Composer Commemorates the Holocaust”

This month, I will visit the Washington and Lee University campus to discuss three of my compositions related to the Holocaust. The event, slated to begin at 4 p.m. in Hillel Room 101, is free and open to the public.

Featured compositions:

  • they burn, the fires of the night: lamentations from the ashes, a song cycle inspired by Menachem Z. Rosensaft’s Poems Born in Bergen-Belsen,” a series of poems that powerfully impart the intense emotions that result from the sharing of personal stories and the larger terror associated with the Holocaust.
  • Playing our lives, a string quartet in tribute to the music and musicians who were interned in the Nazi concentration camp Terezín. Terezín was considered a transit camp where Jews and other prisoners were kept until transport to death camps such as Auschwitz.
  • Steal a Pencil for Me, an opera set in two acts that conveys a love story and drama about overcoming great adversity in the Westerbork transit camp and Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

And, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12 at Grace Episcopal Church, the Chamber Music Society of Lexington will present “Beloved of my Being: The Music of Composer Gerald Cohen,” an instrumental and choral program consisting of my compositions.

Learn more here. 

Venue Details

204 West Washington Street
Lexington, VA 24450
United States
(540) 458-8400