"Music at Auschwitz: Aid to Survival or Dehumanizing Degradation?"
Jewish Museum of Prague
June 12, 2014, 6 pm
"A Musical Reflection of Sorrow, Redemption, and the Universal in Nelly Sachs' Poetry: Laurence Sherr's Holocaust Memorial Flame Language"
"Continuities and Ruptures: Artistic Responses to Jewish Migration, Internment and Exile in the Long Twentieth Century" international conference
University of Leeds, England
July 7, 2014, 4 pm
"Creating Connections to Forbidden Voices: Strengthening the Legacy of Music Related to the Holocaust through Composition and Education"
Keynote speech, and performance of 3 Sherr Holocaust memorial compositions
"Recovering Forbidden Voices: Responding to the Suppression of Music in World War Two" international conference
St Andrew's on The Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand
August 22-25, 2014
“Aid to Survival or Dehumanizing Degradation?: The Functions, Personnel, Repertoire, and Impact of the Prisoner Orchestras at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp”
College Music Society Mid-Atlantic and Southern Chapters Joint Conference
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
February 14, 2014 (cancelled-weather)
"A Musical Reflection on Sorrow, Redemption, and the Universal in Nelly Sachs' Poetry: Laurence Sherr's Holocaust Memorial Flame Language" lecture-presentation
Colloquium, XXIV. CZECH REPUBLIC FORFEST FESTIVAL 2013 - International Festival of Contemporary Arts with Spiritual Orientation
Kromeriz, Czech Republic,
“Gypsy and Klezmer Music"
Ulus Jewish School, Istanbul, Turkey, 2013
"Banned Music and Musicians in the Nazi Era" presentation and performance
University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA, 2013
Composers who were declared "degenerate" and music that was banned by the Nazi regime will be the focus of Dr. Sherr's presentation. A performance of Sherr's solo cello work Elegy and Vision will follow. The event is produced in connection with the United Stated Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibition "Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings" on display at North Georgia University.
"'Degenerate Music': Banned Composers in the Nazi Era" Lecture-Recital, with violinist Jocelyn Adelman and pianist Amanda Halstead
Kristallnacht Commemoration Event,
Kennesaw State University,
Atlanta, GA, 2012
"Teaching the Holocaust through the Lens of Music: Guiding Students to Historical Understanding, Cultural Awareness, and Greater Tolerance"
Eighth International Conference on Holocaust Education, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel, 2012
"Designing a College Course on Music and the Holocaust: Examining History through the Lens of Music to Achieve Global Learning Objectives"
College Music Society National Conference, Richmond, VA, 2011
“Shoah Memorial Music: Historical Precedents and the Development of Laurence Sherr’s Work”, lecture-recital including performance of Elegy and Vision
Jewish Museum of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic, 2011
"Klezmer Music: History and Style" (lecture-performance with Oy Klezmer!)
Shearith Israel Synagogue, Atlanta, GA, 2011
"Cultural Control in Nazi Germany: Degenerate Art and Music", (Theater) Acting Styles class lecture
Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, 2011
"Music at Terezín"
Temple Beth-El, Birmingham, AL, 2011
“Nelly Sachs: Holocaust Poet and Nobel laureate”, concert commentary for Flame Language performances
• Holocaust Remembrance Concert, Prague, Czech Republic, 2011
• Friendship Presbyterian Church, Athens, GA, 2010
• Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, 2008
“Nelly Sachs’ Poetry: Inspiration for Laurence Sherr’s Holocaust Memorial Compositions”, Contemporary (German) Culture class lecture
Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, 2010
“Gypsy and Klezmer Musical Styles, and their use in Western Classical Music”
• Introduction to World Music class lecture, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, 2011, 2006
• Art in Society class lecture, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, 2010
“Bacharach-Katz Familie Geschichte und das Holocaust denkmal Musik von Laurence Sherr” (“Bacharach-Katz Family History and the Holocaust Memorial Music of Laurence Sherr”), Holocaust memorial events
• Abend der Erinnerung der Stolpersteingruppe Egelsbach, Egelsbach, Germany, 2009
• Erinnerung: Geschichte und Musik, Seligenstadt, Germany, 2009
“Oy Klezmer!: A Composer-Theorist's Interdisciplinary Work Leads in Unexpected Directions”
College Music Society National Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2008
“Laurence Sherr’s Holocaust Commemorations: The Evolution of an Aesthetic”, pre-concert lecture
Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, 2008
“Oy Klezmer!: The Evolution of Klezmer Music in Europe and America”
Lecture-Performance for Kennesaw State University Sturgis Library “Let’s Talk About It!” book discussion program, Atlanta, GA, 2008
“Music and the Holocaust”
Summer Scholars Institute for Holocaust Study, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, 2008
“Composer Laurence Sherr’s Holocuast Commemorations”, featured dinner speaker for Museum of History and Holocaust Education event
Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, 2008
“A Musician’s Journey Home”
William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Atlanta, GA, 2000