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January 27, 2017  RSS feed
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Eckerd to remember Wiesel with concert


The Western Wind vocal group will perform a special concert in memory of Elie Wiesel at Eckerd College. The Western Wind vocal group will perform a special concert in memory of Elie Wiesel at Eckerd College. Eckerd College will honor the life of one of its teachers, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel who passed away in July, with a special concert, “We Are Still Here: An Exploration of the Holocaust Through Music and Memory,” by the Western Wind Vocal sextet.

The free concert, open to the community, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21 for a special concert in Wireman Chapel on the St. Petersburg campus. The program will begin with words of remembrance by Eckerd College’s president Donald R. Eastman.

Wiesel, who first garnered worldwide attention with his memoir, Night, about his experiences in the death camps, spent his life as an witness for the 6 million who lost their lives in the Holocaust and speaking out against other atrocities around the world and in defense of Israel.

A charismatic speaker and teacher, he developed a more than 20-year relationship with Eckerd College as a visiting professor during the winter term. Many Eckerd alums were fortunate enough to learn from Wiesel during a one-month course in January every year.

The Western Wind vocal group, based in New York City, is best known for its nine recordings made jointly with narrators Leonard Nimoy and Theodore Bikel and with famous cantors Alberto Mizrahi and Jack Mendelssohn, including Taste of Eternity: A Musical Shabbat, The Birthday of the World, and Music and Traditions of the High Holy Days and Chanukah: In Story and Song.

We Are Still Here is the group’s latest addition to their Judaic collection of recordings. It includes songs depicting the vibrancy of Jewish life in pre-war Europe; songs about the brutality of the pogroms; songs by performers whose careers were shattered by the Nazis; music by composers who were forced into exile; music from Terezin, the “show concentration camp;” and even songs that emerged from the horrors of the gas chambers. We Are Still Here concludes with defiant songs of the resistance fighters.

A narrated version of We Are Still Here was recently recorded for international distribution by Public Radio International.

Founded in 1969, the West Wind was initially a mixed-voice ensemble, which sang madrigals and other early music.

Soon, the group expanded its repertoire to include vocal jazz, world folk music, avant garde works, chamber opera and, most notably, Jewish liturgical music, music they share on tour, in master classes and in numerous recordings.

Eckerd College is located at 4200 54th Ave. S. in St. Petersburg. For more information, contact Joan Epstein, professor of music, (727) 864-8459 or epsteijo@eckerd.edu.


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