Music of Remembrance's Mission

Music of Remembrance fills a unique role throughout the world by remembering the Holocaust through music. With concert performances, educational programs, recordings, and commissions of new works by some of today’s leading composers, MOR honors those of all backgrounds who found the strength to create even in the face of persecution, and those who had the courage to speak out against cruelty. We tell stories that communicate urgent moral lessons for today with a scope that extends beyond the Holocaust itself to the experience of others who have been excluded or persecuted for their faith, ethnicity, gender or sexuality.

“MOR gives a voice to the voiceless. It tells stories for those who could not tell their own story.  It makes us whole. It brings us together. Music of Remembrance inspires us. It unites us and it heals us as a community and as a world one concert at a time." – mezzo soprano Catherine Cook

"MOR addresses timeless and contemporary themes that include religious intolerance, the worldwide refugee crisis, the urgency of preventing nuclear war, and the separation of families at our border. They tell stories that absolutely must be heard!" – composer Jake Heggie

“Music of Remembrance does what our most beloved cultural institutions always aspire to do when they preserve the voices of the past, or when they commission and midwife brand new works based on timeless themes. They educate us and inspire us. And oh how they inspire in concerts filled with beauty, passion, meaning, justice, heartbreak, comfort, and joy.” – composer Tom Cipullo

“Music of Remembrance has highlighted the reality that in the end we really are like a grove of aspen trees. We all share a common root network and if one tree is sick we all feel the effects. We’re not just learning about what happened. We’re learning about how we can grow as human beings.” –librettist Gene Scheer

Upcoming Events

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Commissions

2022

  • Nicolas Lell Benavides
    Tres minutos

    Soprano, tenor, baritone, clarinet, violín, cello, double bass, piano

    Chamber opera inspired by a real program that reunites families separated by immigration policies at the U.S. – Mexico border, but only for three minutes.

2021

2020

  • Sahba Aminikia
    Stormy Seas

    5 child singers, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano

    Musical portraits of 5 true stories of child boat refugees. Based on the book of the same name by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Eleanor Shakespeare.

2019

  • Tom Cipullo
    The Parting

    Soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano

    Chamber opera based on the life and work of Hungarian poet Miklós Radnóti set on his last night with wife Fanni before his WWII conscription.

  • Ryuichi Sakamoto
    Passage

    Narrator, string quartet

    Narrated poem by Kareem Lotfy with string quartet about an Arab Spring refugee.

  • Shinji Eshima
    Veritas

    Cello, double bass, projection

    Multi-media work with media projections by Kate Duhamel based on Vandalized Doors series by sculptor Al Farrow.

2018

  • Christophe Chagnard
    Gaman

    Soprano, baritone, clarinet/bass clarinet, string quartet, fue (Japanese flute), taiko drum

    Multi-media work based on the diaries of Takuichi Fujii and Kamekichi Tokita from their WWII incarceration at Minidoka Relocation Center.

2017

2016

  • Jake Heggie
    Out of Darkness

    2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, baritone, actor/baritone, flute, clarinet (Bb and A), violín, cello, double bass, piano

    A two-act opera. Act one, “Krystyna,” tells the story of poet Krystyna Zywulska in Auschwitz. Act two, “Gad,” imagines the renunion of homosexuals Gad Beck and Manfred Lewin torn apart under Nazi rule in Berlin.

2015

2014

2013

2012

  • Jake Heggie
    Another Sunrise

    Soprano, clarinet, violin, cello, double bass, piano

    Song cycle based on the life of writer Krystyna Zywulska from an interview in Barbara Engelking's book Holocaust and Memory.

2011

  • Betty Olivero
    Kolo’t (“Voices”)

    Mezzo soprano, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, harp, percussion

    Based on the history of Sephardic settlement at Thessaloniki and an anonymous poem from a resident who survived Auschwitz concentration camp.

2010

2009

2008

2007

  • Jake Heggie
    For a Look or a Touch

    Actor, baritone, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano

    Duet between actor and singer based on the journal of Manfred Lewin written for his lover Gad Beck, who tells his story in Paragraph 175 (film).

2005

2004

2003

  • Lori Laitman
    Fathers

    Baritone, violin, cello, piano

    Musical setting of Holocaust related poems by Anne Ranasinghe and David Vogel that focus on father-child relationships.

2002

  • Paul Schoenfield
    Camp Songs

    Mezzo-soprano, baritone, clarinet, violin, cello, double bass, piano

    Musical setting of five poems written in Sachsenhausen concentration camp compiled by Aleksander Kulisiewicz.

2000

  • David Stock
    A Vanished World

    Flute, viola, harp

    A snapshot of the pre-war world of East European Jewry, living on the edge of the abyss.