Inspired by the ideals and aspirations of the international educational work of Humanity in Action, the renowned violinist and composer Ittai Shapira will premiere his newest composition at Zankel Hall-Carnegie Hall on May 14, 2015, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Theriesenstadt.
The event will highlight Shapira’s musical evocation and contemporary response to Brundibar, an opera that Jewish children were forced to perform to the satisfaction of their Nazi captors. Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel will speak about mind, art and memory. Photographs of Theresienstadt by the acclaimed American artist Judy Ellis Glickman will be featured as well.
In 2015 Ittai Shapira will be an artist associate of Humanity in Action. Humanity in Action seeks to sustain knowledge of the Holocaust among university students throughout Europe, America and other parts of the world. Its unique educational approach includes historical inquiries as well as artistic evocations, such as Shapira’s creation, that connect past and present.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from Carnegie Hall online, at the Box Office at 57th and 7th Avenue or via telephone at 212-247-7800.
Natasha Zaretsky, an anthropologist who writes about he politics of memory in the Jewish diaspora and the Americas, wrote this essay, “Of Ethics and Empathy: Music as Memory and Survival,” about the inspiration for the commemorative concert.
Violinist and Composer Ittai Shapira discusses his latest composition, The Ethics, with architect Daniel Libeskind (moderated by Natasha Zaretsky).