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
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
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
- 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
- Childhood Memories of Word War II in Europe–
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: www.nau.edu/CALevents.