For Symphonic Wind Band
In 2010, Matthew J. George, a conductor of the University of St. Thomas Symphonic Wind Ensemble, proposed that I write a composition based on books and paintings by the Holocaust survivor Dr. Robert O. Fisch.
Inspired by Dr. Fisch works, I wrote a suite of five parts:
II. When the Stones weep
IV. Silent Music
V. Song of Love and Hope
The premiere took place in Minneapolis, in 2011, with the participation of Dr. Fisch himself; he read fragments from his books before each part of the suite and at the end of the composition. His paintings were demonstrated on a large screen during the performance. Dr. George even brought a dance ensemble for the performance!
It was extraordinary event with a big emotional impact on the audience. I invite you to view it (below are eleven clips from the premiere):
Later Matthew J. George and the University of St. Thomas Symphonic Wind Ensemble recorded Light from the Yellow Star, which was released in 2016 by the Innova label, as part of their album Persistence.