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Oratorio Terezin @ Place-des-Arts

Posted by Kim / May 1, 2008

20080501_oratorio1.jpgThis weekend sees Ruth Fazal’s Oratorio Terezin, a musical experience with a symphony orchestra, children’s and adult’s choirs and soloists, at Sir-Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place-des-Arts. This is a Montreal premiere, and a chance to absorb some culture – both of the musical and historical variety.

The Oratorio Terezin joins together poetry written by children who suffered through the Holocaust (more specifically, the ghetto of Terezin) and Hebrew Scripture, and brings it into music. It can’t help but be moving and awe-inspiring for the mind and heart.

“For seven weeks I've lived in here,
Penned up inside this ghetto
But I have found what I love here.
The dandelions call to me
And the white chestnut branches in the court.
Only I never saw another butterfly.
That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don't live here,
In the ghetto.”
- Pavel Friedmann

One hundred children survived of the 15, 000 children who passed through Terezin and this work gives testament and life to this tragedy. This Ruth Fazal’s most recent composition, and has already toured through Europe and Israel.

This is likely a life-changing event, and at the very least, a wonderfully rich and musical way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, May 4th, 3:00pm
For tickets, visit the Place-des-Arts website.



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