Music of Remembrance: Compositions by Laurence Sherr

Music of Remembrance: Compositions by Laurence Sherr

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Event type: Music Events

30 July 2019 from 7.00 pm - 8.30 pm 30th Jul 2019 7:00pm 30th Jul 2019 8:30pm

Adam Concert Room, VUW, Kelburn Campus

Close-up head shot of Laurence Sherr

Dr Laurence Sherr, is an American composer of Holocaust memorial music, producer of remembrance events, and lecturer on music and the Holocaust. The son of a survivor, Dr Sherr's memorial composition Flame Language, based on poetry by survivor and Nobel laureate Nelly Sachs, was a top prizewinner in the 2010 Classical Lounge national competition

This concert, will feature Dr Sherr's media presentation about the historical connections in each of his works as well as original compositions for cello, piano, clarinet, voice and percussion, by:
Inbal Megiddo, cello; Margaret Medlyn, mezzo-soprano; Debbie Rawson, clarinet; Jian Liu, piano; Leonard Sakofsy, percussion; Donald Maurice, conductor. The performance will include two NZ premieres - one for cello and clarinet, and one for voice, clarinet, piano, cello and percussion

Performances and lectures featuring Laurence Sherr’s Holocaust remembrance compositions and research have been given in the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, England, Norway, Italy, San Marino, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, and North America. His Music of Resistance and Survival Project features his cello sonata, and two compositions utilize poetry by Holocaust survivor Nelly Sachs. Sherr is Composer-in-Residence at Kennesaw State University, where he developed a Music and the Holocaust course.

Laurence Sherr’s Holocaust music educational activities are supported by a grant from SNCF America, Inc.