My preview of the upcoming world premiere by choreographer Donald Byrd for Music of Remembrance:
The event that Music of Remembrance (MOR) will commemorate at this Sunday’s fall concert at Benaroya Hall on Sunday, November 9, is a grim one: the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass” during which the Nazis fomented a wave of violent pogroms targeting Jews across Germany and the recently annexed Austria and Sudetenland. But MOR’s focus has always been on the triumphant creativity of the human spirit that defies oppression and hatred — against the most terrifying odds.
Launching its 17th season with this Benaroya concert, the organization remembers the work of composers who were silenced by the Holocaust not only by presenting their music but through a vigorous commissioning program showcasing artists of the present. The result has been to build what founder and artistic director Mina Miller calls “ a living bridge between Holocaust artists and artists today.”
The lineup here is especially attractive, featuring the world premiere of Seattle-based choreographer extraordinaire Donald Byrd’s new dances created for Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (“Transfigured Night”).