Defiant Requiem

The Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp who performed Verdi’s Requiem Mass. The two-hour multimedia performance, created by conductor Murry Sidlin and performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, combines the music of Verdi with testimony from survivors of the original chorus and footage from propaganda films.

Learn more through lectures, documentary film and pictures through five independent encounters:

  • Prelude to the Defiant Requiem: a Defining Lecture Series
    7:00-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at CSZ
    April 5: Jews of Czechoslovakia Pre-World War II with Professor Howard Lupovitch
    April 19: The Music and the Meaning of The Defiant Requiem with DSO Associate Conductor Michelle Merrill, Community Chorus of Detroit Artistic Director Edward Maki-Schramm, and members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
    April 26: The “Model” Concentration Camp Theresienstadt with Dr. Amy Simon
    Cost: $50 per person for CSZ, Friends of Melton, Friends of Cohn-Haddow, Holocaust Memorial Center Docents, JCC Members. General Public $60 per person.
    Each registered participant will receive one complimentary ticket to the DSO’s Thursday, May 4 performance at CSZ.
    Register at 248.205.2557.
  • Documentary Film: Defiant Requiem
    Sunday, April 30, 2017
    7:45 p.m.
    Berman Center for the Performing Arts at the JCC West Bloomfield
    6600 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield
    Free of charge
  • Discussion with Creator and Conductor Murry Sidlin
    Monday, May 1, 2017
    7:00 p.m. at CSZ
    Free of charge
  • The Butterfly: a Children’s Art Exhibition
    April 6-May 4, 2017
    at CSZ
    Inspired by the poem The Butterfly, written in 1942 by a child in a concentration camp.
    Free of charge
  • The Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin
    Detroit Symphony Orchestra perfomance
    Thursday, May 4, 2017
    7:30 p.m. at CSZ
    Cost: $25 General Admission, $10 Students.
    No charge for those enrolled in “Prelude to the Defiant Requiem: A Defining Lecture Series.
    Ticket Purchase: or 313.576.5111.

For more information, contact the Synagogue office at 248.357.5544


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