Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Voices of the Shoah

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Voices of the Shoah

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On January 27th of this year, the world observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a solemn celebration of the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. The United Nations initiated the annual observance in 2005 to honor the more than nine million victims of the Nazi genocide.

In celebration of World Voice Day this year, the Journal of Singing has chosen to reflect upon the theme, "Share Your Voice." The many voices of the Shoah, the destruction of much of European Jewry by Hitler's regime, deserve and need to be heard. We are fortunate indeed today to have a number of prominent American composers who have chosen to share these voices by setting the texts written by many victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

Music of Remembrance, responsible for the commissioning of the works examined in this issue's music review column, is a concert organization in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to keeping alive the memory of the Holocaust, "through music, with concert performances, educational programs, recordings, and commissions of new works" (www. …

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