Music of Remembrance’s 20th season spring concert features Gaman by Seattle-based composer Christophe Chagnard. The work’s title refers to the struggle to endure the unbearable with patience and dignity, focusing on the experience of people of Japanese ancestry forced into incarceration camps during World War II. It combines traditional Japanese and classical Western instruments, bringing a powerful story to life through testimonies of the words and images created by three artists and poets during their captivity in the Minidoka camp. The concert also features Sakamoto's second MOR commission, NAMÉ, remembering all who perished in World War II. Chamber music by Erwin Schulhoff showcase an audacious talent whose life ended in a Nazi concentration camp. Songs from the Terezín concentration camp inspire with their remarkable resilience of spirit. MOR’s chamber ensemble is drawn from the ranks of the Seattle Symphony, joined by guest artists baritone and narrator Robert Orth; soprano Ann Moss; and Ringtaro and Asako Tateishi of Seattle’s School of Taiko.
About Music of Remembrance: MOR remembers the Holocaust through music and honors the resilience of all people excluded or persecuted for their faith, nationality, ethnicity, gender or sexuality. In addition to rediscovering and performing music from the Holocaust, MOR has commissioned and premiered more than 30 new works by some of today’s leading composers, telling stories of tragedy, courage and inspiration.