March 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Steele Indian School Park, Memorial Hall
Echoes from Theresienstadt -Ticketed Event
Mar. 24, 2pm | Steele Indian School Park, Memorial Hall, Phoenix
- The Arizona Opera will perform selections from Brundibar, a children’s opera originally performed by the children of Theresienstadt and the Phoenix Boys Choir will perform I Never Saw Another Butterfly, poetry set to music, with a Violins of Hope finale.
- I Never Saw Another Butterfly is based on poems written by Jewish children imprisoned in Theresienstadt. It serves as both a dramatic reminder of the Holocaust as well as a remembrance for these children, most of whose lives were extinguished soon after their poetry was written.
- Brundibár is a children’s opera by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása with a libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister, originally performed by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia. Realizing the propagandistic potential of this enormously popular artistic endeavor, the Nazis arranged a special new staging of Brundibár for the propaganda film Theresienstadt and the same production was performed for the inspection of Terezín by the International Red Cross in September 1944. This would be the last of the fifty-five performances in the Terezín ghetto; two weeks later, transportation of artists to Auschwitz and other destinations East began, silencing the most popular theatrical production in Terezín.