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Laurence Sherr
Music of Resistance and Survival Project

partisan-musicians

Jewish partisan music group in Belorussia, 1943
Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Benjamin (Miedzyrzecki) Meed

Description

• Combines music and historical material to engage audiences in Holocaust remembrance relevant to our current world
• Concerts feature Holocaust songs of resistance and survival from the ghettos, camps, and partisans, followed by a new cello sonata that integrates these songs
• Most often presented as a concert with an historical presentation or a pre-concert lecture
• Goals–engender remembrance to increase mutual understanding, tolerance, and respect
• Successful artistic and educational impact demonstrated by audience accolades and press coverage
• Produced in the Czech Republic, Poland, San Marino, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, and the US since 2015 launch

Components

• Public Concert: Holocaust source songs followed by Sherr’s Sonata for Cello and Piano–Mir zaynen do!, or cello recital with Sherr's sonata and mixed repertory
• Educational Presentation: Dr. Sherr's multimedia presentation integrated with the concert, or as a stand-alone or pre-concert lecture
• Student Concert for ages 11-18: an adapted and abbreviated version of the Public Concert, with multimedia presentation
• Online Educational Materials

Selected Photos–Music of Resistance and Survival Concerts

source songs performanace    cello sonata performanace    Sherr historical presentation
National Day of Memory, for International Holocaust Remembrance Day
San Marino, Republic of San Marino, 2019
(Public Concert with In-Concert Historical Presentation)


Cracow cello and piano duo    source songs performanace
Commemoration of the Creation and Liquidation of the Kraków ghetto, Galicia Jewish Museum
Kraków, Poland, 2018
(Public Concert with In-Concert Historical Presentation)


cello sonata performanace    Sherr historical presentation
Yom HaShoah Memorial Concert, Auckland, New Zealand, 2016
(Public Concert with In-Concert Historical Presentation)
Photo credit: Shadows of Shoah


source songs performanace    cello sonata performanace
Kristallnacht Remembrance concert, Wroclaw, Poland, 2015
(Public Concert with In-Concert Historical Presentation)


source songs performanace   Sherr historical presentation   cello sonata performanace
Music of Resistance and Survival: A Holocaust Remembrance Concert, Atlanta, USA, 2015
(Public Concert with In-Concert Commentary)


    cello sonata performanace    Sherr historical presentation
Music of Resistance and Survival: A Holocaust Remembrance Concert, Atlanta, USA, 2015
(Student Concert with In-Concert Commentary)


TV interview: A Conversation With - Laurence Sherr (includes commentary on Music of Resistance and Survival Project), 2015
TV story: Guarigione dal razzismo: musica contemporanea per voce (lirica) sola (Healing from Racism, preview of 2019 concert in the Republic of San Marino)

Radio interviews, including
Upbeat–Laurence Sherr, Radio New Zealand, 2016
KSU Composer Pens Music in Remembrance of Holocaust Victims, WABE-FM, 2015
The Haunting Music of the Holocaust, Georgia Public Broadcasting, 2015
Friday Live: Saint Paul First Friday Music And Art, 2015

Concert review
Middle C: Classical Music Reviews, Wellington, New Zealand
, 2016

Concert previews
Giornale San Marino, 2019
TribunaPoliticaWeb, 2019
Libertas, 2019

 

Public Concert video: Atlanta, USA, 2015 (3rd video)

Student Concert video: Atlanta, USA, 2015 (4th video)

Cello sonata premiere performance video, Lincoln, USA, 2015, includes 3 source songs (1st video)

 

Kristallnacht Commemoration
Temple Emanu- El
Atlanta, US
November 2021

 

Additional Sherr lectures and presentations given while on location for these Music of Resistance and Survival events can be seen on the Events and Holocaust Remembrance Music pages.

Music of Remembrance: Compositions by Laurence Sherr
New Zealand School of Music
Wellington, New Zealand
July 30, 2019

Music of Resistance and Survival concert (photos above)
"Day of Memory" (national program) for International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Teatro Titano
San Marino, Republic of San Marino
January 26, 2019

Music of Resistance and Survival concert (photos above)
Commemoration Events for the Establishment and Liquidation of the Krakow Ghetto
Galicia Jewish Museum
Krakow, Poland
March 10, 2018

Music of Resistance and Survival concert
Kristallnacht event
Florida Holocaust Museum
St. Petersburg, FL
November 9, 2017

Prof. Laurence Sherr (Kennesaw State University): The Music of Resistance and Survival Project
Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
Jerusalem, Israel
December 13, 2016

Kristallnacht Holocaust Commemoration Concert
St James Theatre, 77-87 Courtenay Place
Wellington, New Zealand
November 9, 2016

Artist Series Concert
University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia
May 12, 2016

Educational concert for students
Dilworth School and Kadima School
Auckland, New Zealand
May 9, 2016

Holocaust Memorial Concert: Music of Resistance and Survival (photos above)
Auckland Hebrew Congregation
Auckland, New Zealand
May 4, 2016

Guest Artist Recital
Conservatorium of Music
University of Waikato
Hamilton, New Zealand
May 4, 2016

Wellington Chamber Music: Sunday Concerts 2016
St Andrew's on The Terrace
Wellington, New Zealand 
May 1, 2016

Songs of Identity and Survival: A Kristallnacht Remembrance (photos above)
Days of Mutual Respect festival
Karol Lipinski Academy of Music
Wroclaw, Poland
November 5, 2015

Music of Resistance and Survival concert
Chapel of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren
Prague, Czech Republic
November 3, 2015

"Music of Resistance and Survival: A Holocaust Remembrance Concert" (photos above)
The Temple
Atlanta, GA
March 23, 2015
• morning Student Concert – Music, Theatrical Scenes, and Exhibits
• evening Public Concert – Concert, Speakers, and Exhibits

"Favored and Forbidden" Faculty Recital
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE
January 15, 2015

 

Teacher's Guide: Music in the Holocaust

Music and the Holocaust (ORT)

Finding a Voice: Musicians in Terezín

Music in Holocaust Education

Between the Worlds – Social Circles in the Theresienstadt Ghetto

Handbook for Teachers: Guidelines for Teaching about the Holocaust


A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust

The Holocaust Explained

Echoes and Reflections

 

To support the ongoing development and dissemination of the Music of Resistance and Survival Project, tax-deductible donations may be made to the Kennesaw State University Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation.

• Phone: (470) 578-6675
• Online: https://community.kennesaw.edu/COTA. For "Gift Designation Choices" please select "School of Music" and then add "Holocaust Music Project" in the subsequent Comments section.

Thank you very much for your support.

 

We gratefully acknowledge the cash and in-kind donations of institutions, organizations, businesses, and individuals. All of these help support project events and development.

Major Project Sponsorship
SNCF America, Inc.
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General Project Support
Kennesaw State University (KSU)

July–August 2019, Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand School of Music
Holocaust Centre of New Zealand

January 2019, San Marino, Republic of San Marino
Associazione Culturale MASK e Istituti Culturali
Istituto Musicale Sammarinese

March 2018, Kraków, Poland
Galicia Jewish Museum

November 2017, St. Petersburg, US
Florida Holocaust Museum

April–May 2016, Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand School of Music
Auckland Hebrew Congregation
Zionist Federation of New Zealand
Beth Shalom, Auckland, New Zealand
B'nai B'rith, Australia/New Zealand
Habonim Dror
Private donors

November 2015, Czech Republic and Poland
The Bente Kahan Foundation

October 2015, Atlanta, US
Center for African and African Diaspora Studies, KSU

March 2015, Atlanta, US
Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters
Atlanta Jewish Music Festival
The Atlanta Memorial Fund of Eternal-Life Hemshech
Breman Museum
Walton Bryde
Sandy Cohn in honor of Ruth Gershon
Georgia Commission on the Holocaust
Adrian & Ilene Grant
David L. Halpern
The Hyman Foundation
Jared Kaye
KSU: School of Music and Museum of History and Holocaust Education
Panton Capital Holdings (PCH)
Sherri Parman
In Honor of Beverly and Paul Radow
Norman Radow and Lindy Shallcross
Richard and Elizabeth Siegel
Robert Strauss
Temple Beth Tikvah
The Temple

January 2015, Lincoln, US
Congregation Tifereth Israel
Jen Davidson
The Jewish Federation of Lincoln
South Street Temple
University of Nebraska, Lincoln: Harris Center for Judaic Studies and Glenn Korff School of Music

 

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