Laurence Sherr
Holocaust Remembrance Compositions, Lectures, & Concerts

Alice Bacharach Sherr
Sherr is active as a composer of Holocaust remembrance music, lecturer on Holocaust music topics, producer of remembrance events, and Holocaust music educator. Performances and lectures have been given in the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, England, Norway, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, and across North America. The poetry of Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Nelly Sachs is featured in two of his compositions. A recent work, Sonata for Cello and Piano–Mir zaynen do!, integrates Holocaust songs from the partisans, ghettos, and camps. Sherr’s mother was Alice Bacharach Sherr (1931–2009), a Holocaust survivor from Germany; his concert and educational activities in the German town where his mother and her family were persecuted led to reconciliation and healing (see Duke Magazine profile).
Inbal Megiddo and Anna Grinberg perform the cello sonata, Brisbane, Australia, 2016

Yad Vashem International Conference on Holocaust Education, Israel, 2012
Through international lectures about his music, Holocaust music topics, and the pedagogy he developed for teaching the Holocuast through music, Sherr is dedicated to fostering greater awareness and tolerance (see KSU Magazine profile). His Music of Resistance and Survival Project, which features his cello sonata, connects audiences with the lost and forbidden voices of Holocaust song creators. He developed the global citizenship course “Music and the Holocaust” at Kennesaw State University, for which he compiled a list of reference materials at Resources: Music and the Holocaust.
Keynote address at the Recovering Forbidden Voices International Conference, New Zealand Holocaust Centre, 2014

Compositions
Holocaust Remembrance Works
Sonata for Cello and Piano–Mir zaynen do! (2014), the key component of the Music of Resistance and Survival Project
      Integrates songs from the partisans, ghettos, and camps

Flame Language for baritone (or mezzo/alto) and chamber ensemble (2008)
      On poetry by Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Nelly Sachs

Flame Language for baritone and chamber orchestra (2007)
      On poetry by Nelly Sachs

Fugitive Footsteps for baritone solo and mixed chorus (2002)
      On poetry by Nelly Sachs

Khayele's Waltz for bassoon and cello (2017)
      Integrates a song from the Vilna ghetto

Elegy and Vision for solo cello (1993); version for solo viola (2000); version for bassoon and cello (2017)
      In memory of his brother named after their aunt who perished at Auschwitz

Works with Judaic/Yiddish elements
Doina & Dances Overture for orchestra (2015)
      Rhapsodic and dance styles influenced by klezmer music

Midnight Dance for solo violin (2009)

Illuminations for orchestra, Mvt. III: Moonlight Dances (1997)
      Klezmer-style sections


Sonata for Cello and Piano–Mir zaynen do! performed by cellist Theresa Villani and pianist Colleen Schmitt, Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg, FL, 2017



Fugitive Footsteps performed by Kieran Raynor, baritone and Cantoris Choir, Thomas Nikora, conductor, Wellington, New Zealand, 2014


Concerts with Commentary, Lectures with Performances, Lectures
Videos - Concerts with Commentary, Lectures with Performances
Lectures - complete list and descriptions

Audiences on four continents have acclaimed Dr. Sherr's engaging events that combine music performances and lectures. Meaningful music is enriched by edifying content in his concerts with commentary, lectures with performances, and lectures prefacing performances. Stand-alone lectures are also an option.

Invitations to present these have come from universities, conservatories, schools, museums, national and international conferences, synagogues, concert organizations, and civic groups in the US, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Australasia.

All of Sherr’s lectures include media-rich slide presentations, and his Holocaust music research is often featured. For example, his lectures on music at the Auschwitz and Theresienstadt camps include his on-site photo and video documentation, interviews with survivors who performed in the camps, and archival materials.

A unique program is his Music of Resistance and Survival Project, whose modular components include public and student concerts with commentary. These are supplemented by online educational materials and teacher's guides.

Sample lecture titles
• "Music at Auschwitz: Aid to Survival or Dehumanizing Degradation?"
• "Suppressed Music and Art during the Nazi Era"
• "Teaching the Holocaust through the Lens of Music: Guiding Students to Historical Understanding, Cultural Awareness, and Greater Tolerance"

Jødisk Museum, Oslo, Norway, 2017



Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, Wellington, NZ, 2016, with Steven Sedley, HCNZ founding chairman

Holocaust Concert Events: Producer, Guest Artist, or Commentator

Pure vs. Degenerate concert, Atlanta, USA, 2016–providing commentary with Atlanta Opera Music Director Arthur Fagan


Songs of Identity and Survival: A Kristallnacht Remembrance, Days of Mutual Respect, Wroclaw, Poland, 2015–Anna Blaut and Tomasz Kaczmarek perform source songs for the cello sonata



Music of Resistance and Survival concert, Prague, Czech Republic, 2015–Petr Nouzovský performing the cello sonata

 
Music of Resistance and Survival: A Holocaust Remembrance Concert, Atlanta, USA, 2015–Cantors Nancy Kassel and Deborah Hartman perform source songs for the cello sonata


Victims and Survivors, Wellington, New Zealand, 2014–Inbal Meggido plays Elegy and Vision


Music of Resistance and Survival–Kristallnacht Commemoration
Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg, USA, 2017 (photo above)

Suppressed Music - What Hitler Did Not Want To Hear
Oslo, Norway, 2017 (poster below)

Songs Not Silenced: Music Forbidden in the Holocaust
Atlanta, USA, 2017
AIB Special Presentation (concert highlights in a one-hour TV special)
WABE-FM radio interview
Atlanta Journal-Constitution article
Atlanta Jewish Times article

Holocaust Memorial Concert: Music of Resistance and Survival
Auckland, New Zealand, 2016 (poster below)

Music of Resistance and Survival: Educational concert for students
Auckland, New Zealand, 2016

Pure vs. Degenerate: The Nazi War on Music
Atlanta, USA, 2016

Songs of Identity and Survival: A Kristallnacht Remembrance
Wroclaw, Poland, 2015

Music of Resistance and Survival
Prague, Czech Republic, 2015

Remembering the Silenced Voices of Holocaust Song Creators: Weaving Songs of Resistance and Survival into a New Cello Sonata
Atlanta, USA, 2015

Favored and Forbidden–Cello Recital
Lincoln, USA, 2015

Music of Resistance and Survival: A Holocaust Remembrance Concert
Morning concert for students
Evening concert for the public
Atlanta, USA, 2015

Victims and Suvivors
Wellington, New Zealand, 2014

'Degenerate Music': Banned Composers in the Nazi Era
Atlanta, USA, 2012

Silenced Voices – Music of the Holocaust
Atlanta, GA, 2012

A Holocaust Remembrance: Czech, Dutch, and American Chamber Music of Two Generations
Prague, Czech Republic, 2011

Abend der Erinnerung der Stolpersteingruppe Egelsbach
Egelsbach, Germany, 2009

Erinnerung: Geschichte und Musik
Seligenstadt, Germany, 2009

A Holocaust Commemoration: Honoring the Victims, Survivors and Liberators of the Concentration Camps
Atlanta, USA, 2005

A Kristallnacht Commemoration
Atlanta, USA, 2002

Suppressed Music - What Hitler Did Not Want To Hear, Oslo, Norway, 2017


Auckland, New Zealand, 2016