The final performance of “Vedem, a Holocaust Oratorio” will take place his morning at 10:30 a.m. at Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. on the Colorado College Campus). Written by poet and librettist David Mason and composed by Lori Laitman, the oratorio tells both the history of the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia during World War IIand its daily privations, but also of “the joy of boys” through poems in the secret literary magazine from which the work takes its name:

The hand-copied journal was published weekly from 1942 to 1944; about 800 pages survive. The boys’ poems, essays, and artwork are filled with extraordinary compassion, wisdom, and humor even in the face of their dire circumstances.

The work has been performed for the past several days as a Holocaust remembrance by the Children’s Chorale under the direction of Marcia Hendricks. There will also be a performance of some of the songs from the work by the Children’s Chorale on May 13 at the Pioneers Museum. And if you miss all these performances you can still get the CD on the Naxos LabelHERE.

We spoke with tenor Max Ferguson, Children’s Chorale Executive Director Marcia Hendricks and poet/librettist David Mason (who speaks first) about the oratorio here:
Vedem Interview

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You can listen to the title song, “Vedem (Chorus, A Man, A Woman, Boys)” from the oratorio by clicking on the play button below:

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2 Responses to Terezin’s Poetry in Song

  1. Mary Ellen says:

    The story and the music blew me away. Thank you.

  2. Eva says:

    something worth noting: the word “Vedem” in Czech means “we lead.”

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