On Thursday, September 22, internationally renowned opera singer and New Jersey native Rachel Joselson will perform selections from her album “Songs of the Holocaust” at a free concert at the John J. Cali School of Music’s Leshowitz Recital Hall at Montclair State University.
“Songs of the Holocaust” is a collection of works composed by European musicians who were imprisoned during World War II at the Theresienstadt concentration camp, located in the Nazi-occupied city of Terezín, Czechoslovakia.
The camp was promoted as a “spa town” for elderly German Jews, but in reality it served as a transit station for deportations to ghettos and Nazi concentration campus. In the three and a half years the camp was open, 33,000 women, men and children died at Theresienstadt. An unusually high number of acclaimed composers (Adolf Strauss, Viktor Ullman, Carlo Taube, Ilse Weber, Gideon Klein, and James Simon) were deported there, and during their time in the camp they wrote many classic vocal and instrumental pieces.
“Songs of the Holocaust” with Rachel Joselson
Thursday, September 22 at 7 pm
Chapin Hall (John J. Cali School of Music) – Leshowitz Recital Hall at MSU