Murry Sidlin, conductor
Aga Mikolaj, soprano
Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano
Edgaras Montvidas, tenor
Nathan Stark, bass
Pacific Chorale — Robert Istad, artistic director
Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín
Doors open at 7 p.m.
There is no Preview Talk before this performance
Jewish Federation & Family Services Orange County
Made possible by the Albert Weissman and Rhoda Yvette Weissman Estate
Defiant Requiem tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Terezín Concentration Camp during World War II who performed Verdi’s stunning Requiem Mass, despite experiencing the depths of human degradation. Combining magnificent music with video testimony from survivors, this powerful and dramatic work will move you.
Created and conducted by Maestro Murry Sidlin, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín features a full performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem Mass. The performance includes actors, historic film footage from Terezín and interviews with original chorus members relating the full, impassioned story of how and why these Jewish prisoners, who faced death every day, chose to learn and perform the Verdi Requiem during their darkest hours.
"As a musical performance, it is a must-see. As a historical story, it is a must know…”
— Cameron Halsey, NinerTimes
"Never again will I hear Verdi's Requiem without thinking of this performance, and what happened in Terezin"
— Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
“Defiant Requiem” can be seen as a landmark of a different sort: a monument to the courage of one man to foster hope among prisoners with little other solace."
— Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times