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Music Conservatory Of Westchester Plans Concert

Official poster for Cantata for the Children of Terezin
Official poster for Cantata for the Children of Terezin Photo Credit: Music Conservatory of Westchester

RYE, N.Y. -- The Music Conservatory of Westchester will present the world premiere of the Cantata for the Children of Terezin at the Congregation Emanu-El in Rye on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m.

Composed by Mary Ann Joyce-Walter (professor emeritus, Manhattanville College), the concert remembers the roughly 15,000 children sent to Terezin between 1942-1944, of which only 100 survived. The composition uses poems that were written by those children and sets them to music. Joyce-Walter decided to write the piece some 20 years ago after traveling to the Czech Republic and seeing the artwork and poetry of children imprisoned in the World War II concentration camp.

The concert will be conducted by Eugene Sirotkine (Music Director, Hudson Valley Singers, Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master Metropolitan Opera 1999-2008); and it will feature soloist Jeanne Gerard and a choir including the Elm City Girls’ Choir of New Haven, Conn., and members of Hudson Valley Singers, Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Teen Vocal Ensemble and volunteers from throughout the community Orchestra.

The Conservatory has launched a Kickstarter campaign to cover the necessary $25,000 to put on the show. Funds will go directly toward musician fees, space rental and costs to record this concert, so it’s remembered forever.

Visit the Conservatory's website for more details about the concert and to support the Kickstarter campaign.

The Congregation Emanu-El is at 2125 Westchester Ave.

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