Friday, April 25, 2014

Brundibar Returns to Albuquerque

UNM Children's Chorus Presents: The University of New Mexico Children's Chorus, under the direction of Dr Regina Carlow, presents four performances of the opera Brundibar: A Tribute to the Children of Terezin.

Brundibár is a children's opera by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása with a libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister, originally performed by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia. The name comes from a Czech colloquialism for a bumblebee.

The plot of the opera shares elements with fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel and The Town Musicians of Bremen.

Aninka and Pepíček are a fatherless sister and brother. Their mother is ill, and the doctor tells them she needs milk to recover. But they have no money. They decide to sing in the marketplace to raise the needed money.

But the evil organ grinder Brundibár chases them away. However, with the help of a fearless sparrow, keen cat, wise dog, and the children of the town, they are able to chase Brundibár away, and sing in the market square.

A Tribute to the Children of Terezin

Congregation Albert
Thursday May 1 2014 ~ 6:00 pm
UNM's Keller Hall
(Across the lobby from Popejoy Hall) 
Sunday May 4 2014 ~ 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Albuquerque JCC
Wednesday May 7 2014 ~ 6:30 pm

The UNM Children's Chorus last performed Brundibar in 2010. Here is a video of the first part (Act I Part 1) of that performance.

You may also wish to view Act I Part 2; Act II Part 1; and Act II Part 2.

These performances of Brundibar are part of the observance of Yom HaShoah in Albuquerque, which will culminate in the performance of Verdi's Requiem (Defiant Requiem) on Thursday May 8. 

Click here for for a complete schedule of Brundibar and Defiant Requiem events.

The May 7 performance at the Albuquerque JCC will honor our esteemed guest,
Mrs Ela Weissberger, who played the Cat in Brundibar at Terezin
more than 50 times during the Holocaust.
She is the co-author and subject of the book
The Cat with the Yellow Star: Coming of Age in Terezin.

Shabbat Shalom, Albuquerque
Good Shabbos, New Mexico

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