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IOC Stars in Concert: Lori Laitman's "The Seed of Dream"

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IOC presents composer Lori Laitman's masterful song cycle for baritone, cello, and piano, The Seed of Dream

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Independent Opera Company is proud to present as part of their 2021 season IOC Stars in Concert, a series of six beautifully produced concerts that showcase some of the great soloists who have appeared in IOC productions over the years.

In this, the fourth concert in this exciting new series, IOC presents composer Lori Laitman's masterful song cycle for baritone, cello, and piano, The Seed of Dream, set to the wartime poetry of preeminent Yiddish poet and Holocaust survivor Abraham Sutzkever.

IOC is proud to be premiering this powerful and beautiful work on Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) - with a livestream on Thursday, April 8 at 2:00pm (PST). The concert will remain on-demand for ticket buyers for two weeks after the livestream through May 2, 2:00pm.

ABOUT THE WORK

Commissioned by Music of Remembrance and scored for baritone voice, cello and piano, The Seed of Dream sets several poems of Vilna Ghetto survivor Abraham Sutzkever (1913 - 2010) to new, English language translations by Pulitzer Prize winning poet C.K. Williams and Leonard Wolf.

The cycle begins in 1941 during the time of Sutzkever's imprisonment in the Vilna Ghetto and follows Sutkever's emotional and spiritual journey from the tragic murders of his mother and infant son to his ultimate escape into the nearby forests of Narocz in 1944.

"Sutzkever consistently produced poems of great artistry under the most dire of circumstances," writes Laitman. "These first-person accounts, written between 1941 and 1944, not only bear witness to the destruction around him, but to his undying belief in the beauty of the word and the world."

The Seed of Dream had its premiere performance on May 9, 2005 at MOR’s Holocaust Remembrance concert at Benaroya Hall, in Seattle, WA.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

The work consists of five parts. It starts with the heavy and tragic "I Lie in This Coffin", then goes into frantic dance of "A Load Of Shoes". The third number, the tender and bittersweet "To My Child", is perhaps the deepest and most complex part of the work. The next movement is the mysterious "Beneath the Whiteness of Your Stars", which combines another song composed in the Vilna Ghetto by Abraham Brudno with a Yiddish folk tune. The closing number "No Sad Songs Please" brings the whole work to its cathartic ending.

For more information about the production please visit IOC blog

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

LORI LAITMAN COMPOSER

AARON BALL VIDEO AND STAGE DIRECTOR/BARITONE

THOMAS LOVASZ CELLIST

GALINA BARSKAYA MUSIC DIRECTOR, PIANIST

ABOUT THE SERIES

Independent Opera Company's IOC Stars in Concert series is graciously sponsored by the Los Angeles-based performing arts production and consulting firm Command virFormance. The series is stylishly directed by Aaron Ball and filmed at the beautiful Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles under strict COVID safety protocols.

Independent Opera Company is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to IOC to help them continue to produce quality programming like the IOC Stars in Concert series. Donations can be made on IOC's website at https://www.independentoperacompany.org/


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