My name is Ruth Fazal. I live in Toronto, Canada, and I am writing to you to let you know about a concert that is going to be taking place in New York (Carnegie Hall and Tilles Center LI) on February 7th and 8th, that I think will be of great interest to you and to those who are associated with your organisation.

Oratorio Terezin is a large work for orchestra, children’s choir, chorus and soloists. The text is the poetry of children from Terezin, woven together with the Hebrew scriptures.
I began to write this work in 2000 in response to reading the book of poetry and art of children from Terezin, called ‘I never saw another Butterfly’ It was a long and deep three year journey for me, as a non-Jew. I felt that I wanted to somehow give voice to these children, and grapple with the question of ‘Where is God in these times?”
The result is a work that I feel is full of hope and life.

Oratorio Terezin was first performed in November 2003, here in Toronto with a fully professional group of musicians and singers ( it was included as part of Holocaust Education week) and then went on tour to Europe, performing in major concert halls in Bratislava, Vienna, Brno and Prague.
In May 2005, it was performed three times in Israel, beginning on Holocaust Memorial Day, in Tel Aviv. The city of Tel Aviv chose the Oratorio to be their main cultural event for that day

A few responses
“a kind of spiritual survival Yehuda Bacon. Artist. survivor of Terezin. Israel 2005
“it’s like bringing the dead alive again” Israeli ambassador to the Czech Republic. Prague 2004
“Oratorio Terezin breaks and warms the Heart” Toronto Star. November 2003

For the concerts in Europe and Israel we made tickets available to Holocaust survivors at no cost. I really want to be able to do the same for these concerts here in New York.

So, the reason i am writing to you, is to ask for your help in getting the word out to your contacts, so that every survivor in NY will know that there is a ticket available to them.
Would you be willing to inform all your people that there are free tickets available to all Holocaust survivors (and escorts) for the concert at Carnegie or at Tilles?
They should tell you how many tickets they would like, and send you a cheque covering a $5 administration cost for each ticket. This would go directly to your organisation.
You would then give us the names of those who have ordered tickets, and they will be available at the hall on the night of the concert, marked in their name.

I do hope that you might be able to partner with me in this, as I feel so strongly that Oratorio Terezin is first and formost written for those who survived this horrendous time in history.
My hope is that the evening will be a real encouragement to their hearts.

Please let me know your response/thoughts on this,

all the best,
Ruth Fazal

ps. if you wish to know more about Oratorio Terezin, you can visit the website.