5/20/2018 | Benaroya Hall

Music Downtown

Experience riveting chamber works by courageous Holocaust-era composers Erwin Schulhoff and Mieczyslaw Weinberg, who dared to create even in the darkest of circumstances, and inspiring songs written and sung by prisoners in Terezín under the noses of their captors. In a World Premiere, Christophe Chagnard’s Gaman focuses on the experience of Japanese Americans forced to incarceration camps. Combining traditional Japanese and classical Western instruments, this work brings a powerful story to life through testimonies of the words and images created by three artists and poets during their captivity in the Minidoka camp: the words of poet Suma Yagi, the images of Roger Shimomura, and journal entries and art work of Kamekichi Tokita and Takuichi Fujii.


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