ORATORIO TEREZÍN – A POWERFUL WORK FOR LARGE ORCHESTRA, CHORUS AND SOLOISTS BY RUTH FAZAL –
TO BE GIVEN ITS U.S. PREMIERE WEDNESDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 2007,
8 P.M., AT THE TILLES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS,
AND THURSDAY, 8 FEBRUARY, 8 P.M., IN CARNEGIE HALL

PERFORMERS TO INCLUDE YOUNG PEOPLE’S CHORUS OF NEW YORK CITY, SINGERS FROM TORONTO’S NEW STREAMS CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND BRATISLAVA BOYS CHOIR, TORONTO MENDELSSOHN SINGERS, CONDUCTOR KIRK TREVOR,
AND SOLOISTS TERESA MARIA GOMEZ, HUW PRIDAY,
AND NATHANIEL WATSON

The U.S. premiere of Oratorio Terezín, a powerful work for large orchestra, chorus and soloists by British-Canadian composer Ruth Fazal, will be performed on Wednesday, 7 February 2007, at 8 p.m. at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts (on the C. W. Post campus of Long Island University in Brookville, New York) and in Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium (57th Street and Seventh Avenue) on Thursday, 8 February 2007, at 8 p.m.

Inspired by the book, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, the work sets poetry by children in the Terezín concentration camp and text from the Hebrew scriptures. Oratorio Terezín is scored for orchestra, children’s chorus, mixed adult choir and three vocal soloists, juxtaposing the children’s and adults’ voices, along with those of the Voice of the Prophet, the Voice of God, and the Voice of Suffering. The young singers’ preparation for the concerts is not only musical, but also includes Holocaust education and cultural awareness and exchange.

The work will be led by conductor Kirk Trevor, and will feature the Young People’s Chorus of New York City joined by singers from Toronto’s New Streams Children’s Choir and the Bratislava Boys Choir. The performances will also feature the adult choir Toronto Mendelssohn Singers and soloists including the soprano Teresa Maria Gomez, tenor Huw Priday and baritone Nathaniel Watson.

Tickets for the Tilles Center performance range from $20 to $45, and are available at the Tilles Box Office, or by calling TillesCharge at 516-299-3100 or online at www.tillescenter.org. Tickets for the Carnegie Hall performance range from $25 to $55 and are available at the Carnegie Hall box office beginning December 8th or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212/247-7800; or
online at www.carnegiehall.org. Discounted tickets for students and seniors are available for both performances.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION THE ORATORIO
“In the summer of 1998,” says composer Ruth Fazal, “I was given a book called I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a collection of poetry and art by children from the Terezín concentration camp from 1941 to 1943. Inspired by the book, I was compelled to memorialize the children’s naiveté and hope, beautiful in contrast to the awful suffering. I created Oratorio Terezín as a love song of hope, in the midst of darkness.” Survivors from Terezín whose poetry was published in I Never Saw Another Butterfly are expected to attend the New York performances, as well as the survivor and Holocaust spokesperson Elie Wiesel.