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Jean Oelrich
Director of Communications
(714) 876-2380

Pacific Symphony Presents "Defiant Requiem: Verdi At Terezin" With Pacific Chorale & The Defiant Requiem Foundation, April 16 At 8 P.M.

Orange County, CA — February 28, 2019

Complete Live Performance Of Verdi's “Requiem” As Performed In The Terezín Concentration Camp, Interspersed With Historic Film, Testimony From Survivors And Narration Tells 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 by Pacific Symphony on April 16, 2019 at 8 p.m. at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (600 Town Center Drive) in Costa Mesa, CA. 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. For this performance, Murray Sidlin will conduct the full Verdi “Requiem” with the soloists, Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for an 8 p.m. performance. Tickets for “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín” start at $25. This performance of “Defiant Requiem” is sponsored by the Jewish Federation & Family Services Orange County, made possible by the Albert Weissman and Rhoda Yvette Weissman Estate. Tickets are available online at, or by calling our Box Office at (714) 755-5799.

“Defiant Requiem” will be conducted by Maestro Murry Sidlin, president of The Defiant Requiem Foundation and creator of this powerful concert/drama. Murry Sidlin and The Defiant Requiem Foundation also produced an Emmy-nominated documentary film narrated by Bebe Neuwirth that has been praised as a "gripping documentary" (, with "a very powerful message" (CNN). More information is at



April 16, 2019 • 8 p.m.

Murry Sidlin, creator and conductor

John Rubinstein, actor

David Prather, actor

Aga Mikolaj, soprano

Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano

Edgaras Montvidas, tenor

Nathan Stark, bass

Pacific Symphony

Pacific Chorale — Robert Istad, artistic director


Artists, programs, prices and dates are subject to change.

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