Yom Ha’Shoah 2018 Holocaust Commemoration
A TRIBUTE TO THE HUMAN SPIRIT: VERDI’S REQUIEM
Sunday, April 15 at 4 pm
Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, Pikesville, MD 21208
Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony
Natanya Washer, soprano
Jeffrey Williams, bass
Morgan State University Choir
Celebrate 30 years of Bach in Baltimore and commemorate Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance) with A TRIBUTE TO THE HUMAN SPIRIT sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, and Bach in Baltimore. The free afternoon program includes a Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony and a performance of Verdi’s dramatic masterpiece Requiem, a breathtaking and varied piece expressing a full range of emotion from terror, joy, uncertainty, and the indelible strength of the human spirit in the face of tragedy. Between 1943 and 1944, the Requiem was performed 16 times by the prisoners of Theresienstadt, a Nazi concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, directed by interned composer Rafael Schächter. Our performance of Verdi’s Requiem at the Chizuk Amuno Synagogue will feature the Morgan State University Choir joining with the Bach in Baltimore Choir and Orchestra. Two hundred and fifty musicians will together recreate Verdi’s “most famous opera” in remembrance of the Shoah and in an affirmation of our shared humanity.
On Wednesday, April 11, please join us for a viewing of the feature-length documentary film Defiant Requiem that depicts the story of the Nazi concentration camp Theresienstad. Led by imprisoned conductor Rafael Schächter, the inmates of the inmates of Theresienstad fought back…with art and music. Through hunger, disease, and slave labor, the Jewish inmates of Terezin hold onto their humanity by staging plays, composing opera, performing opera’s like Verdi’s Requiem, and using paper and ink to record the horrors around them. This film presentation will help prepare you for the performance of Verdi’s Requiem on Sunday, April 15. This is FREE, NON-TICKETED event. The time and special place for this viewing is TBA.
“At the sound of her voice the audience is immediately charmed.” ~ BmoreArt, 2014
Natanya Sheva Washer was the first youth soloist to perform with the El Paso Symphony in 2007. She was the one millionth dollar recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Scholarship Award of $10,000. Experienced in solo recitals and performance since her symphony debut, Ms. Washer has performed with various venues and artists mostly in the Baltimore and El Paso area. She made her debut as an international soloist in October 2013 singing with “Britain’s Got Talent” winner, Paul Potts, and the Juarez Symphony Orchestra.
With the BSO under Marian Alsop, Ms. Washer was in the chorus of Honeggar’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher at Carnegie Hall in 2011. With the Peabody Singers and the Concert Artists of Baltimore directed by Edward Polochick, she performed Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric Opera House in 2012.
Currently the soprano soloist at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian, Ms. Washer has premiered choral works as the featured soloist with the Tiffany Concert Series. She has been recorded for posterity by the Maryland Historical Society as part of the official tribute to J. Spenser Hammond.
Tenor Dr. Min Jin has a versatile and wide-ranging career as a leading operatic tenor, recitalist, conductor, and voice professor. Praised for his easy lyricism, emotional intensity, and extraordinary top notes, Dr. Jin has delighted audiences throughout the world. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as a recitalist, opera performer, and oratorio soloist with choral societies. His past opera performances include leading roles in La Boheme, Lucia di Lammermoor, Romeo et Juliette, Carmen, L’elisir d’amore, The Magic Flute, La Rondine, La Traviata, Tosca, Manon, Werther, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and La Vera Costanza. He has performed with the New Jersey State Opera, Ann Arbor Opera, Aspen Opera, Rochester Mercury Opera, Dicapo Opera, Academic Opera, Mannes Opera, Eastman Opera, Grand Valley State University, Kwang Ju City Opera, and Po Hang City Opera.
As an oratorio and chamber music soloist, he has been featured in Carmina Burana and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with the Finger Lake Music Festival and the Grand Valley State University. Other featured solo engagements have included Haydn’s Creation and The Seasons, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, Dubois’ The Seven Last Word of Christ, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul and Elijah, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mass in C Major and Symphony No. 9, Frank’s Mass in A Op. 12, and Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G and Mass in A flat with orchestras in the U.S. and around the world.
He was a first prize winner of the Artist International Music Competition, Korean Music Association Competition, and a winner of the Heida Hermann International Voice Competition, the Oratorio Society Voice Competition, and a finalist in the Caruso International Voice Competition.
Dr. Jin holds a D.Mus.A. degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music. He served as a principal conductor for the Tedeum Choir in Chicago and as the orchestra conductor at the Central Wesleyan Church in Holland. As a studio voice teacher, many of Dr. Jin’s students are awarded at voice competitions, festivals, and young artist programs at the national and international levels. He currently works as an assistant professor of voice at Towson University.
Jeffrey Williams has been hailed by The Baltimore Sun as “very likable, a winning performance sung with much confidence, phrasing everything stylishly,” and the Miami Herald as possessing a “commanding, sizeable, effortless, manly baritone.” He has portrayed a wide range of characters including Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Lord Ruthven in Der Vampyr, Lionel in Maid of Orleans, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Prince Yeletsky in Pique Dame, and the titular role in Figaro, among others. Williams was a Nashville Opera Mary Ragland Young Artist and a Seagle Music Colony Young Artist. He is a frequent soloist in the oratorio and concert works of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Saint-Saëns, among others. He has been part of the John Duffy Composers Institute and Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk, VA, premiering operatic works of living operatic composers. Williams has received multiple awards including an Arleen Auger Memorial Fund Study Grant, the Cynthia Vernardakis Award at the Orpheus National Voice Competition, as well as being a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Mid-South Regional Finalist. He is currently on the voice faculty at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. For more information, please visit jeffreywilliamsbaritone.com.
Bach in Baltimore gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the following, who helped make this performance possible:
William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund
Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Memorial Foundation
Maryland State Arts Council
The Citizens of Baltimore County
Howard County Arts Council
Harford County Cultural Arts Board
Lee M. Hendler Philanthropic Fund
The Baltimore Jewish Council
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Although the TRIBUTE TO THE HUMAN SPIRIT: VERDI’S REQUIEM on April 15 at 4 p.m. is FREE, tickets are required. Please select the number of tickets you would like to reserve and click on “Buy Tickets.” Then complete the form on the next page with your contact information, so that we can ensure that you will have seats for this concert.
Tickets are not required for the viewing of the film Defiant Requiem on Wednesday, April 11. The time and place for the viewing is coming soon.