Ethnomusicologist Presents Holocaust Lecture Recital In Teaneck

TEANECK, N.J. -- Focusing on the courage and resistance of the Jewish people through their poetry and melodies, former longtime Ridgewood music teacher Dr. Tamara Freeman presented a combined lecture/recital at Temple Emeth in Teaneck on Sunday, Nov. 15.

Dr. Tamara Freeman
Dr. Tamara Freeman Photo Credit: Barbara Balkin, Temple Emeth

Freeman played a 1935 Joseph Bausch viola that was rescued from the Shoah.

A concert violinist, violist and Holocaust ethnomusicologist, Freeman taught in the Ridgewood public school system from 1982-2012.

She conducted choirs, orchestras, and bands and composed ensemble repertoire for young ensembles in her mission to infuse students with a love for music.

Her lecture/recitals -- presented at various venues in New Jersey, New York, Texas, Tennessee and Washington, D.C., among others -- aims to inspire listeners to feel a personal connection with the songs of the ghettos and concentration camps.

Freeman has also published a Holocaust music curriculum for the Emmy nominated documentary, "The Defiant Requiem," the true account of Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem Mass performances in the Terezin concentration camp.

Her studies in music of the Shoah began in response to the 1994 New Jersey state mandate for Holocaust education.

Freeman is also a contributing author to the book, "Giving Voice to Democracy in Music Education: Diversity and Social Justice in the Classroom," edited by Dr. Lisa DeLorenzo and published by Routledge.

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