“Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” to be Performed February 23

Posted on 2/1/2019 2:01:46 PM

Poster for "Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín"Join the IUP Department of Music, the Defiant Foundation, and the Penn State Altoona Department of Arts and Humanities for a complete live performance of Verdi’s Requiem as performed in the Terezín Concentration Camp. This production will be interspersed with historic film, testimony from survivors, and narration telling the moving story of courageous performances by the prisoners of a WWII concentration camp.

Praised by the New York Times as "Poignant...a monument to the courage of one man to foster hope among prisoners with little other solace," Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on February 23, 2019 in Fisher Auditorium. 

The “extraordinarily beautiful and moving” concert/drama commemorates the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II who performed Verdi’s Requiem 16 times, as an act of defiance and resistance to their Nazi captors.

Defiant Requiem is a complete live performance of Verdi’s Requiem interspersed with historic film, testimony from survivors, and narration that tells this tale of audacious bravery. This performance features the full Verdi Requiem with the chorus and soloists accompanied by piano, as it was in Terezín.

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín features pianist Arlene Shrut with Colleen Ferguson on violin; the IUP Chorale and Penn State Altoona Ivyside Pride Vocal Ensemble; as well as soprano Annie Gill, mezzo-soprano Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber, tenor Tim Augustin, and bass Joseph Baunoch; and actors Richard Kemp and Michael Schwartz. It will be conducted by Maestro Murry Sidlin, president of the Defiant Requiem Foundation and creator of this powerful concert/drama.

This performance of Defiant Requiem is presented by the Defiant Requiem Foundation, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Music, and the Penn State Altoona Department of Arts and Humanities, with funding from the Gretchen M. Brooks University Residency Project.

Tickets for this event are available for purchase online through the Lively Arts website or by calling the ticket hotline at 724-357-1313. They can also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office in Fisher Auditorium. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $10 for regular admission, $8 for seniors and groups, and $6 for I-Card, military, students, and children. Online tickets are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ticket hotline and ticket office in Fisher Auditorium are open from noon to 5:00 p.m., weekdays. The ticket office is closed for university holidays. For more information on this and other events as well as group tickets within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or email lively-arts@iup.edu.