Music of Remembrance’s Holocaust remembrance concert features the world premieres of two new MOR commissions that focus on the fate of Europe’s Roma. American composer Mary Kouyoumdjian’s to open myself, to scream shares the story of Roma artist Ceija Stojka, who survived three concentration camps to become a noted painter and writer. New choreography by Olivier Wevers of Whim W’Him Contemporary Dance animates the music of Osvaldo Golijov’s Lullaby and Doina, depicting the doomed young love of a Jewish woman and a Roma man.
Other program highlights: Erich Wolfgang Korngold songs with mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook, and instrumental works by Hans Gál, Karl Weigl, and Mieczyslaw Weinberg. The stellar instrumental ensemble is drawn from Seattle Symphony.
(This Critic’s Pick was selected for the Live Music Project by Seattle music critic Philippa Kiraly.)