NAU Presents: "Because We Remember Them"

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NAU Presents: "Because We Remember Them: Music, Dance, Film, Lecture, Drama, and Personal Accounts of World War II and the Holocaust's Legacy in the Arts"

Concert at 8 p.m. on May 2, 2015

Ardrey Memorial Auditorium


In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Northern Arizona University’s School of Music, Dance Academy, Martin Springer Institute, and the College of Arts and Letters will present “Because We Remember Them: Music, Dance, Film, Lecture, Drama, and Personal Accounts of World War II and the Holocaust’s Legacy in the Arts.” The event will commence on Friday, May 1, 2015 with speakers and film (to be announced), and culminate in a concert at 5 p.m., May 2, 2015 in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium on the campus of NAU.

This very special free two-day event will not only be a remembrance of the events of the WWII era and the Holocaust, but also a very special celebration of the artistic works that live on triumphantly despite the tragic events of the time.  The event, organized by Deborah Raymond, Associate Professor of Voice at NAU, will also include commentary from NAU Director of Opera Theatre Nando Schellen, who spent his childhood in the Netherlands and Belgium during the war;  as well as films, dance and lectures centering on the Holocaust and WWII-related events.

Raymond said she hopes audiences comes away from the multi-media event not only more educated and aware, but also uplifted by the beauty of the art that was created during such an intense time.

“While war rages now in many parts of the world, we cannot erase from our minds the inconceivable atrocity which attacked our civilization 70 years ago,” she said. “It’s easy to remove ourselves from these events, since most of us were not alive at the time, and they didn’t occur in our country. They did, however, take place within our own western culture.”

“The beautiful, inspiring music these composers created will connect us to all who suffered and all whose lives were ended so incomprehensibly.  The films and lectures we share will deliver various messages of how such a shameless tragedy could take place.”

The musical program will include:

  • Flute Sonata (first movement) by Erwin Schulhoff- Emily McKay (flute), Janice Chen-Ju Chiang (piano)
  • String Trio (third movement) by Gideon Klein - Karin Hallberg (violin), Jackie Schwandt (viola), Mary Ann Ramos (cello)
  • Two songs from "Four Songs on Chinese Poetry" by Pavel Haas - Allen Saunders (bass), and Janice Chen-Ju Chiang (piano)
  • Four songs from "Fünf Liebeslieder" by Viktor Ullmann - Deborah Raymond (soprano), Rita Borden (piano), with dance choreography by Andrew Needhammer
  • "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" by Ellwood Derr - Deborah Raymond (soprano), Jonathan Bergeron (alto saxophone), Rita Borden (piano)
  • "Wiegala" by Ilse Weber - Judith Cloud (mezzo-soprano)
  • Childhood Memories of Word War II in Europe– Nando Schellen

Full event details will be released as the date draws closer. For more information on “Because We Remember Them: Music, Dance, Film, Lecture and Personal Accounts of World War II and the Holocaust’s Legacy in the Arts,” visit:

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