Chizuk Amuno will host Baltimore’s community-wide Holocaust Remembrance event. The highlight will be a performance of Verdi’s Requiem by the Bach in Baltimore Chorus and Orchestra, and the Morgan State University Choir, conducted by our very own T. Herbert Dimmock. For those lucky enough to have experienced Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Chizuk Amuno 5 years ago, you will have a sense of the power and beauty Herb can bring with more than 200 musicians on the bimah and overflowing into the balconies of our sanctuary.
Entitled A Tribute to the Human Spirit, this program honors the resilience of Jewish prisoners at Terezin during WW II. Verdi’s Requiem was performed 16 times at the camp during the Holocaust. While singing this stirring music, prisoners at Terezin were able to soar above the degradation of slave labor and Nazi oppression, and reassert their humanity. In the words of a survivor of the camp, “music made us strong.” It was “a fight for life” and a way to sustain hope and courage.
A Tribute to the Human Spirit: Verdi’s Requiem is our chance to honor the singers in the Terezin concentration camp, and others who suffered in the Holocaust, as they wished to be remembered – not as degraded, but as whole, free to affirm their dignity and humanity through the beauty of music and the arts.
This special commemoration is co-sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council, The Associated, and the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Along with the concert, displays are planned to document the history.
Admission to A Tribute to the Human Spirit: Verdi’s Requiem is FREE, but tickets are required. As this special Yom HaShoah commemoration is open to the entire community we expect to completely fill the sanctuary.
Tickets are available now and are required for this event. Get yours early! Tickets are available at the Chizuk Amuno Synagogue office for FREE.